As it eyes digital exam, Civil Service Commission learns from Supreme Court

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) has recognized the Supreme Court (SC) as the pioneer in digitalized and regionalized professional licensure tests with the conduct of this year's Bar Examinations.

CSC has plans to move away from the traditional pen-and-paper Civil Service Examinations in the future.

In congratulating the SC, the CSC expressed its support to the Supreme Court's efforts towards "the digital transformation of the conduct of Bar Examinations," the SC said in a press release it posted on its website on Sunday, November 20, 2022, the last day of the exams.

The Bar exams were held in 14 testing centers across the country on November 9, 13, 16 and 20. In Cebu City, the testing centers were the University of Cebu Banilad campus and University of San Carlos main campus.

This was the second regionalized Bar exam, nine months after the 2020-2021 Bar Examinations conducted on February 4 and 6 this year.

The 2020-2021 Bar exam was the first regionalized and digitalized test for aspiring lawyers. It had been postponed thrice before it was held in February in 28 testing centers across the country (four in Cebu) picked by the Supreme Court.

Chairperson Karlo Nograles led the CSC delegates in touring the testing center at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday, November 20 to observe the conduct of the Bar exam.

The CSC delegation was accompanied by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the 2022 Bar Examinations chairperson.

Before the tour, Nograles had sent a letter to SC, requesting Caguioa to allow CSC to observe the operations of the Bar exam and command center at Ateneo.

“In line with our vision to transition from the conventional pen-and- paper examinations, the Commission plans to introduce digitalized and localized examinations for the CSC-PPT [Civil Service Examinations – Pen and Paper Test] sustaining the momentum of the digital shift pioneered by the Supreme Court... As we transition to this digitalized platform, we would like to request the support of the Supreme Court in a collaborative endeavor for the adoption of policies and methodologies towards this digital shift,” Nograles said in his letter dated November 8.

Aside from observing the actual conduct of the Bar Examinations, Nograles said their visit was “to benchmark the procedures and operations for formal integration of [the Court’s] best practices in the localized and digitalized Civil Service Examinations.”

The CSC has resumed the administration of the CSC-PPT from almost two years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first half of 2022, the CSC administered eight eligibility examinations with 213,081 takers, resulting in 35,382 passers.

The examinations held last August yielded 26,307 passers out of the 138,703 takers.

The CSC held three exams last October with a total of 74,766 examinees. (KAL)