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GMA orders dismissal of nursing examiners, revamp of board

GMA orders dismissal of nursing examiners, revamp of board


President Arroyo has ordered the reorganization of the Board of Nursing and the dismissal of nursing board examiners amid the controversy in the nursing licensure examinations last June, portions of which are said to have been leaked to a review center in Baguio City, Malacañang said yesterday.

Mrs. Arroyo also said an executive order is being drafted to subject all nursing review centers in the country under the regulatory powers of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairwoman Leonor Tripon-Ro- sero will find a solution to the nursing examination controversy, but such a solution should "punish only the guilty and spare from punishment those not involved," Mrs. Arroyo stressed.

"At kailangan, sabi ko, na magkaroon ng reorganization ang nursing board, at kinausap ko rin si Chairman (Carlito) Puno ng CHED at sinabi ko na kailangang gagawa ako ng executive order upang iyong mga review centers ng nursing board ay mapasailalim din sa regulasyon ng CHED. (What is needed is a reorganization of the nursing board. And I told Chairman Carlito Puno of the CHED that I am preparing an executive order putting all nursing review centers under its regulation)," Mrs. Arroyo said in an interview with radio station RMN-DZXL.

The oath-taking of thousands of nursing students who passed the nursing board tests last June 11 and 12 had earlier been put on hold by the Court of Appeals, pending the results of the government’s investigation on the alleged leakage of some questions in the nursing board tests to a review center in Baguio City.

A total of 17,281 out of over 42,000 examinees passed the June 11-12 nursing board examinations, the PRC said.

Petitions have also been filed before the Court of Appeals (CA) to void the oath already taken by some nursing board passers before the CA temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the oathtaking was issued earlier this month.

Mrs. Arroyo said she is not in favor of proposals to invalidate all test results in the nursing licensure exams last June, as such a move would entail "punishing the innocent," along with those guilty of leaking the contents of the nursing examinations.

Petitioners for the invalidation of all test results have said a "retake" of the nursing licensure exams is necessary to restore the credibility of the profession, because most nurses are seeking high-paying nursing jobs abroad.

But Mrs. Arroyo said a compromise solution that would help restore the credibility of the country’s nurses without having to invalidate the test results could be implemented.


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