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Exam leak report could affect job prospects of Filipina nurses

Exam leak report could affect job prospects of Filipina nurses
By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent

Manila: A top labour official on Thursday said reports of the alleged leak of questionnaires in a recent nursing board examination could affect hiring of Filipina nurses aboard.

Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (Poea) said the reported leakage has tainted the credibility of the government-administered examination.

Baldoz said due to the controversies that hounded past nursing board examinations, the Poea had deferred hosting the exams.

"We (Poea) are not being favourably considered to host the nursing examination due to alleged forgeries and fraud. This has tainted the credibility of our nursing board exams," she said.

Baldoz said the examinations are being administered by the professional regulations commission with the help of the Philippine Nursing Association.

Reports over the alleged leakage of questionnaires during the recent board exams has riled the Philippine nursing education establishment and cast doubts over the quality of health workers being turned out by the country's nursing schools.

For several decades, nurses had been considered a major skilled manpower export of the Philippines.

The country provides trained and experienced nurses to at least a dozen countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Middle East among others.

Filipina nurses have an established reputation for being hardworking and professional. At any given period, at least 250,000 Filipina nurses are providing healthcare to patients abroad.

But Baldoz said all this could go down the drain just because some officials had allowed several students who took the examinations to cheat.

"The reputation of the Filipino nurse has been tainted," she said.

FROM: Gulf News

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