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6 Pisay scholars barred from grad rites; 3 may still get PSHS diplomas

Six scholars from Philippine Science High School have been barred from marching in Wednesday's graduation rites following their alleged involvement in the sharing of private photos of schoolmates online.

Sources confirmed the development to GMA News after the school's Board of Trustees reached a decision on the issue on Tuesday.

A source with knowledge of the matter said the board treated as separate questions whether the students could attend the rites and whether they could still get a diploma from PSHS, instead of simply a certificate that would allow them to go to college.

The case for each student was treated separately.

Sources told GMA News that three of the scholars may still graduate with a diploma from PSHS. Three other students may only be issued a certificate of completion. These are still subject to completion of other requirements.

The students allegedly posted online private and unseemly photos of female students, some of whom are minors. The board earlier decided to allow the six students to graduate, a move contrary to the recommendation made by the school's discipline committee after a series of hearings.

Public outcry followed the original decision of the board, with students, parents, and teachers of PSHS urging them to reinstate the recommendation of the main campus officials. —with a report from Saleema Refran/JST, GMA News