New teachers seek refund of oath taking fees

Several teachers, who asked not to be identified, claim they paid P500 each to Polaris Review Center (Photo Credit: Provincial Information Office)

Newly licensed teachers who took their oath recently after passing the licensure examination late last year are demanding a refund of the money collected from them by their review center, supposedly for the payment of the use of their oath taking venue.

Several teachers, who asked not to be identified, claimed they paid P500 each to Polaris Review Center (PRC) ahead of their January 21 oath taking, even as it turned out that the provincial government ended up paying for the use of the event place.

They claimed that while some of them had been given a refund, many have yet to be paid.

“Some of the Polaris reviewers did not pay the fee, while some who had paid had their payments back, so we insisted to have our refund, too. Until now, many of us have yet to get our money back,” one teacher told Palawan News.

Polaris staffer Eliza Guzman claimed their company was tasked by the provincial government to collect the said contribution from all oath takers.

“But since they (provincial government) shouldered the venue rent, we did the refund,” she told Palawan News on Thursday.

She said the review center had started refunding from January 17 until 4 p.m. on January 20. Of the 64 individuals who had been paid, 25 have yet to receive their refunds.

“We remitted the money to the provincial government. It was used to buy food for the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) officials during the oath-taking day,” she said.

The teachers claimed they were told that an official from the provincial government was supposed to disburse the refund payments last week but the official did not show up.

Palawan News had sought the side of the provincial government but is yet to receive a reply.


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