After the special en banc session on Thursday morning of the Supreme Court (SC), the justices approved to increase the passing rate in the 2010 Philippine Bar Examinations from 11 percent to 20.26 percent.
It was gathered that 984 examinees passed the Bar exams held during the four Sundays of September last year.
From a total of 5,038 applicants to the 2010 Bar exams, seven were denied and 19 withdrew, while 4,847 examinees completed the four Sundays of the examinations.
The SC clarified that it lowered to 72.5 percent the passing grade from the previous 75 percent.
Compared to previous years, the decoding of the examination booklets of the examinees is now being done earlier.
Likewise, the SC is set to issue a new policy that there will be no more “disqualification” for the next succeeding Bar exams.
Here is the percentage of the passing grade in the Bar exams:
— Political Law – 15 percent; Labor Law – 10 percent; Civil Law – 15 percent; Taxation Law – 10 percent; Mercantile – 15 percent; Criminal Law – 10 percent; Remedial Law – 20 percent; and Legal Ethics/Forms – 5 percent for a total of 100 percent.
Compared to the 2009 Bar exams, the passing rate in last year’s Bar exams is lower such that 1,451 or 24.58 percent passed the 2009 Bar exams, while 4,452 failed the exams. (PNA)