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WHAT WENT BEFORE Nursing Leakage

WHAT WENT BEFORE Nursing Leakage

Last updated 06:04am (Mla time) 07/28/2006

Published on Page A8 of the July 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JUNE 10, 2006 -- R.A. Gapuz receives a fax copy of the 18-page “leakage” [see July 18 below].

JUNE 11 AND 12 -- Nursing board exams are conducted nationwide.

JUNE 20 -- The Professional Regulation Commission denies leak of test questions following rumors and a television news report showing an examinee, who hid her face from the cameras, claiming a review center in Baguio City had given out test questions that would come out in the exams.

JUNE 22 -- Ninety-one Baguio nursing graduates petition the PRC to place members of the Board of Nursing “under preventive suspension” for test leaks allegedly distributed during the exams in Baguio. The graduates also ask the PRC to stop the release of the test results, pending an investigation of handwritten test samples obtained by examinees identified with the R.A. Gapuz Nursing Review Center owned by Ray Gapuz.

JULY 11 -- Nursing students, parents march in Baguio, carrying banners that pose the question: “Are we producing incompetent nurses nowadays?”

JULY 15 -- PDI reports that the PRC has admitted there was a leakage of test questions and has traced the leak to manuscripts of two members of the Board of Nursing. The commission refers the issue to the National Bureau of Investigation.

JULY 18 -- Gapuz admits at a press conference that his review center had given its students a document containing exam topics the day before the board exams. He says he did not know if the 18-page manuscript was a “leak.” He acknowledges that he received the fax on June 10.

JULY 19 -- Results of the nursing board are released. Gringo de Guzman San Diego of the University of Pangasinan emerged on top with a rating of 83.2 percent, besting 17,870 other successful examinees.

JULY 20 -- PRC says it had filed administrative charges against Board of Nursing members Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja for “neglect of duty that gave rise to the leakage of test questions” based on the report of an independent fact-finding body formed by PRC Chair Leonor Rosero on June 28.

JULY 21 -- The University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing calls on the PRC to call off the oath-taking of those who passed the nursing exams while the controversy over the leakage remains unsolved. The PRC has scheduled the oath-taking for Aug. 22.

JULY 25 -- PDI reports that Baguio nursing schools have asked the Philippine Nurses Association to sanction its president, George Cordero, for attempting to suppress a report about the alleged test leakage in the board exams. Kate Pedroso, PDI Research


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