The Bar exams have been rescheduled to February 4, Friday and February 6, 2022, Sunday in consideration of examinees who may not be able to push through with the original schedule due to COVID-19, the Supreme Court said Friday.
In a bar bulletin, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said a total of 8,546 examinees have said they are either positive for COVID-19, living with someone positive, or under quarantine after exposure with a positive case.
Further, Leonen said that 16 of the 31 teams that will be deployed will be understaffed should the schedule be maintained due to the current infection rate and quarantine situation of their personnel.
“Considering these numbers, as well as the projections of the Court’s expert consultants on the progress of this current COVID-19 surge, the Supreme Court En Banc has unanimously decided that the Bar Examinations be rescheduled,” he said.
Leonen expressed gratitude to local government units as well as schools that will host the Command Center and serve as testing centers.
“All examinees will be advised to strictly undergo quarantine by January 20, 2022, Thursday,” he said.
Examinees with concerns that are not within the competence of the various help desks may contact the SC through BarChairLeonen@gmail.com.
“Be patient. Take a few days off to regain your composure and then continue with your preparations. Soon, those who have the determination, tenacity, and resilience to overcome these challenges will become great lawyers who will serve our people well,” Leonen said.
The Bar exams were initially scheduled on January 23 to 25, 2022.—LDF, GMA News