Former Nazareth School of National University Bullpup Rhayyan Amsali has filed a complaint against his former school. This comes in the wake of the 17-year-old, supposed-to-be Grade 11 student-athlete getting a failing mark in one of his courses that will hamper his transfer to San Beda University.
In a statement by the Amsali family – released through counsel Atty. Michelle Africa – the Amsali family is seeking clarification regarding the matter as it was in clear violation of paragraph 3, Section 16 of the Education Act of 1982.
“At the young age of 17, Rhayyan Amsali is a winner. His record speaks for itself: UAAP Champion, Batang Gilas stalwart, Jr. NBA standout. The pride of his hometown Zamboanga City, he is the model student-athlete every school dreams of. He was the toast of the National University Bullpups for all of five years. But this relationship turned sour when Amsali signified his intent to complete his senior high school education elsewhere (May 5),” the statement dated June 25 opened.
“After amicably parting ways with NU, and committing to San Beda University, Amsali found out that he was given a failing mark of 74 in the subject Fundamentals of Accountancy and Business Management 1 (FABM1). This came as a surprise to Rhayyan and most of all, his parents, since they did not receive any proper notice from his teachers, school administrators or athletic moderators that he was underperforming or had deficiencies in the subject,” it furthered.
“This was, according to the legal opinion and urgent request for intercession by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, a violation of paragraph 3, Section 16 of the Education Act of 1982 viz:
‘Every teacher shall x x render regular reports on performance of each student and to the latter and the latter’s parents and guardians with specific suggestions for improvement.'”
According to the Amsali camp, Amsali would have passed this requirement if he had been given prior and due notice to submit it. However, they are alleging that there was bad faith on the part of NS-NU to complicate his transfer.
“Without the required notice to his parents, coupled by the failure to give him reasonable opportunity to submit, albeit, belatedly the required project, this constitutes, according to the Commission, an ‘unfair dealing amounting to denial of his rights to administrative due process.’ This apparent injustice could have been easily avoided if due notice was given,” it stated.
Amsali averaged 13.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals during the UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. He is supposed to be eligible to play for the San Beda Red Cubs this season, and still has two years of eligibility remaining.
With this, Amsali and his camp, with the help of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, are seeking to have a remedy to this.
“The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, in its communication, sought the urgent intercession of the administration of National University (NU), for their Muslim brother Rhayyan Amsali, believing that the school administrators and team management find in their heart a ‘deep caring concern for the welfare of our athletes in general’,” the statement closed.
Tiebreaker Times is still seeking to communicate with NS-NU officials with regards to the matter.