By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Supreme Court has upheld the Commission on Higher Education’s closure order of some courses at the International Academy of Management and Economics (IAME).
In a resolution dated July 4, the High Court ruled that closure of IAME’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Master in Business Administration; and Doctor of Philosophy in Management program offerings were due to “gross and serious violations, continuous defiance and failure to comply with existing laws, rules and regulations of the Commission with records dating as early as 2001″ and for operating extension classes without the required permits.
The High Court also upheld the action of the Office of the President when it refused to review or modify CHED’s closure order.
On February 2, a composite team composed of CHED officials served the closure order at the IAME main office in Makati City.
Ched chairman Patricia Licuanan said the Office of the Executive Secretary told IAME President Emmanuel Santos that the President has no jurisdiction to review the closure order.
Licuanan said IAME issued a news release claiming that President Benigno S. Aquino III had allegedly reversed CHED utilizing his “reserve powers” under the Constitution.
She said upon verifying with the OP, the CHED found that this was a false claim and prompted them to warn the public that all IAME course offerings should stop.
CHED Executive Director Julito Vitriolo has advised the Bureau of Immigration that it will no longer endorse for visa extensions, foreign students enrolled in IAME courses.
CHED has also sought the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs in notifying all embassies abroad about the status of IAME to protect foreign nationals who plan to enroll in said school, Licuanan said.