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Fate of nursing hopefuls hangs

Fate of nursing hopefuls hangs

By Alcuin Papa
Last updated 04:40am (Mla time) 08/10/2006

Published on page A2 of the August 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PROFESSIONAL Regulatory Commission (PRC) Chair Leonor Tripon-Rosero denied yesterday there was any cover-up in the investigation into alleged leakage in the last nursing board exams.

In an interview, Rosero also said the PRC will meet with nursing deans on Aug. 15 to decide if the Aug. 22 oath-taking for nurses who passed the last board exam will push through, or if there will be a retake of the exam after allegations of a leakage surfaced.

Rosero also confirmed that they did not attend the Senate inquiry into the leakage the other day based on Executive Order No. 464. However, she said they are ready to explain to the Senate their reasons for snubbing the inquiry.

On allegations hurled by lawyer Cheryl Daytec-Yangot, a counsel for a nursing student who lodged a complaint on the leakage that the PRC is covering up the incident, Rosero said “that’s her opinion.”

“It’s good that the BON was heard. If we were there, we would have explained what we have done on the incident and how we computed the grades to nullify the effect of any leakage. But we are not hiding anything,” Rosero said.

On the Aug. 15 meeting, Rosero said she and other PRC officials will explain to the nursing deans the formula they adopted in the computation of the last exam.

Once the meeting is concluded, Rosero said the PRC would decide on whether to push through with the oath-taking or order a retake of the exam based on the comments from the deans.

“We will meet with around 400 deans and we will show and explain to them our system. Hopefully, they will understand our position,” Rosero said.

But even now, Rosero said she was not inclined to order a retake of the last nursing board exams. “If you passed the exam, would you like to retake it? It is unfair to those who did not benefit from the leakage.”

She stressed that the PRC had conducted its own inquiry into the matter. The inquiry led to the filing of administrative cases against two members of the Board of Nursing, the body which formulates the questions for the board exam. The two were identified as Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja, who contributed questions to the exams.

Around 42,000 nursing graduates took the last board exam in 11 testing centers around the country. Around 17,000 nursing students passed the exam for a passing rate of 42 percent.

Earlier, Eufemia Octaviano of the Board of Nursing said the Aug. 22 oath-taking for the board passers has been “held in abeyance.”

Allegations of a leakage surfaced in Baguio City a few weeks ago after nursing students there complained of a leakage allegedly from the R. A. Gapuz Review Center branch in the city.

The review center has denied any involvement in the leakage. However, Ray Gapuz, founder and chairman of the company, admitted that he received a faxed copy of an 18-page handwritten manuscript a day before the exams. But he claimed did not know the manuscript, which he ordered distributed to his students, was a “leakage.”


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