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Appeals court asked to nullify oath-taking of new nurses

Appeals court asked to nullify oath-taking of new nurses

By Tetch Torres
Last updated 08:31pm (Mla time) 08/22/2006

THREE nursing groups on Tuesday asked the Court of Appeals to nullify the oath-taking last week of around 2,000 new nurses who took the scandal-tainted June 2006 licensure test.

The petition came barely a week after the appeals court stopped the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and the Board of Nursing from administering the oath-taking of new nurses Tuesday.

The petitioners called on the court “to invalidate all oath-takings” held in the central Philippine cities of Cebu and Bacolod on Thursday and Friday following a memorandum from the PRC directing its regional offices to administer the oath of those who passed the exam.

The petitioners said the memorandum “is obviously intended to slam the door on any judicial inquiry into the actuations of the PRC.”

A total of 42,006 nursing graduates took the board examinations on June 11 and 12. Forty-two percent or 17,871 of the examinees passed.

Accusations of test leakages surfaced after an examinee complained that other board takers had admitted to obtaining a copy of the answers three days before the licensure tests.

“The court is amply empowered to crash through such lawless barrier in order to maintain the rule of law,” said the College Nursing Faculty Association of the University of Santo Tomas, the League of Concerned Nurses, and the Binuklod na Samahan ng mga Student Nurse (Federation of Student Nurses Organizations) in their petition.

The Court of Appeals on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the August 22 oath-taking ceremonies of about 14,000 new nurses pending the resolution of the controversy surrounding the alleged leakage of test questions.

It set a hearing for preliminary injunction on September 14.


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