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Head of NCLEX task force backs retake of nursing board

Head of NCLEX task force backs retake of nursing board

By Veronica Uy
INQ7.netLast updated 05:06pm (Mla time) 08/21/2006

(UPDATE) THE head of a Presidential task force to lobby for the holding here of the US National Council on Licensure Examinations (NCLEX) said the chances of the country’s hosting the crucial test has been “indefinitely deferred” because of the leakage scandal hounding the national licensure examination for nurses last June.Because of this, task force head Dante Ang, in a phone interview, said they were supporting calls for the local licensure test to be given again and had also “agreed to intervene in the suit brought before the courts” against those allegedly responsible for the leak.

At the House of Representatives, Catanduanes Representative Joseph Santiago called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to close down all nursing schools and review centers found to be involved in the leakage scandal.

“Nursing schools and review centers that have been directly or indirectly implicated in the alleged cheating have forfeited the privilege to continue to provide educational services. They have no right to stay in business a minute longer,” Santiago said in a statement.

“We support the petitioners’ call for a retake in at least two of the subjects where there was a leak,” Ang said. “We (also) support the invalidation of all the previous oath-takings made before the temporary restraining order was issued” by the Court of Appeals (CA) against the administering of the nursing oath by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to board passers.

But Davao Representative del Sur Representative Douglas Cagas said the CA should lift the restraining order on the oath taking because it would be “unfair to the innocent ones who strived hard to pass the exam.”

“It’s better to free 100 guilty persons than to declare guilty one innocent person,” Cagas said.
He also called on the PRC to accept the resignations of five of the seven members of the Board of Nursing (BON) and for the prosecution of the two BON members “identified to have been the source of the leak” and owners of review centers involved in distributing leaked questionnaires.

Asked if President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would heed the task force’ recommendations given Palace spokesman Ignacio Bunye’s position that Macalañang would keep its hands off the mess, Ang pointed out that the body is directly under the Chief Executive.

Ang said the deans of various nursing schools have expressed a desire to help draw up questions for the retake. “The 900-peso examination fee remains the only stumbling block here. But the task force will meet again next week to discuss this,” he said.

He lamented that, although the country’s “ability to protect the integrity of the (licensure) examin” had long been an issue, even before the scandal, “we had reached first base because of our inclusion in (the NCLEX) agenda in July. But because of the scandal, we will not be included in the near future in the list of countries where NCLEX will be held.”

NCLEX is the licensure examination for all nurses wishing to practice in the United States.
Outside the US territories, the test is also held in South Korea, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Recently, other countries like India, Japan, and Taiwan have been added to the list of places where the test can be administered.

Rene Tadle, a member of the nursing faculty of the University of Santo Tomas and one of the petitioners in the CA case, welcomed Tan’s offer to intervene but said he preferred that the investigation into the leak be finished before any action is taken.“Lumalabas ngayon na sa Test 3 at 5 may problema (It appears that there are problems in Test 3 and 5). Right now the call for a retake in these tests is acceptable to us. But let’s wait for the results of the investigation. What if the investigation also reveals that there were similar leaks in the other sets?” he said.On the NCLEX decision not to hold its tests here, Tadle said, “This only proves what we have been saying all along. The world is watching us, how we’re going to handle the situation and how we’re going to restore the integrity of our nursing licensure exams.”

Santiago, in his statement, said the Professional Regulation Commission linked at least two review centers -- Inress and R.A. Gapuz -- to the alleged leakage and noted that CHED records show Inress owner George Corder also owns the Philippine College of Health Sciences (PCHS), a nursing school the solon described as “substandard.”

Cordero was head of the Philippine Nurses Association until he resigned after his name was linked to the scandal by witnesses who appeared before a Senate inquiry into the matter.
Santiago also pointed to CHED records showing that between 1999 to 2003, only 59 or 21 percent of 278 PCHS graduates who took the nursing licensure examinations passed.

Source: http://globalnation.inq7.net/news/news/view_article.php?article_id=16459

hay naku,dante ang,kya k natatalo dito s las piñas pag kumakandidato k pag eleksyon dhil s mga pananaw mong paurong.tska,dong,may 4 n kaso k p ata ng estafa.bkit?s tingin mo b mawawala ang stigma pag nagretake?ndi n oy!bkit ndi mo kya pakinggan ang tinig ng mga taga-south lyk visayas and mindanao n nagtake ng board exams.wla nakarating n leakage s knila.dapat ung gawin mo,tumulong k n lng s pagpaparusa ng mga may kasalanan.sa bagay,ung nga amo mong si gma eh,ndi rin kapanipaniwala.

Eto na naman si Dante Ang, nakisawsaw na naman sa issue. The only reason why he is so determined to hold the NCLEX here is not for the nurses but for himself kasi may cut siya diyan. Kaya sya nag pupumilt na i retake yong test 3 and 5 para kuno mawala yong pagdududa ng mga kano sa integrity ng nursing dito sa pinas at matuloy yong NCEX dito kasi nga pagnagkataon mawawalan siya ng negosyo at yong kikitain niya pagnatuloy yong testing center ng NCLEX dito. "My heart bleeds for those innocent passers" ka pa ha? Wag mo kaming gawing mga gago, kung integrity lang ang pag-uusapan intindihin mo muna yong sandamakmak na KASO mo sa bayan bago ka manghusga na wala kaming integridad.

Dante Ang, diyos ko ka nman, pakialaman ba ang mga nurses, hoy gurang na intsik beho, intindihin mo muna ung mga kaso mo! wag mo pakialaman ang mga kawawang nurses na wala namang ginagawa sau, aba!

isang tao na may katakot takopt na kaso ng estafa naging head para magkaroon ng nclex sa pilipinas? Nakakahiya talaga! pano maniniwala ang mga taga nclex na walang leakage na mangyayari kung ang taong mismong lumalakad para maging testing center ang pilipinas ng nclex ay may isang damakmak na kaso ng estafa? alam kaya ng mga taga nclex ang kaso mo mr. ang? kung may magsalita kaya sa kanila tungkol sa mga kaso mo palagay mo maniniwala sila sayo?
Tsaka mr. ang gawin mo na lang ang trabaho mo, wag ka na makisawsaw pa sa mga isyu na ito? o baka naman may pang sariling intensyon ka rin?

karamihan ng mga pumasa sa june board ay walang leakage! bakit mga pumasa ang pinag iinitan nyo? ang hanapin nyo at parusahan ay kung kanino at saan nagsimula ang lahat ng ito! yung taong naglabas at nagkalat ng leak, huwag yung mga inosenteng tao!

magsama kayo ng mga taga ust at mga taga U.P!

question lng po... un 83% na passing rate ng UST at 100% passing rate ng UP.. tingin nyo ba lahat ng mga students nila ok sa retake?!
i guess not.kce nga meron mga UST na nagoath nun fri eh..hehe.. kawawa kaya sila.. un mga deans nila MARTIAL LAW.. kung ano decision nila un ang kelangan nilang gawin.. naturingan catholic school tpos ganun...
cyempre pag nag anti retake yan mga taga ust at up, malamang ihold ang credentials..kayang kaya nilang gawin un,tgnan mo nlng un mga ginagawa nila sa mga boardpasser ng june..wish ko lng makatulog pa sila ng mahimbing sa gabi at lage sila safe kce un 17thou na pumasa..ewan ko nlng kung anong winiwish..

Hindi dapat dante ANG, dapat dante ENG, asi in ENGOT talaga yan!

FYI, ang UP hindi na kasaman ok sa kanila explanation ng PRC. yang UST na lang talaga, tama yung isang comment, catholic school pa naman, ang sama ng intention.

e d wag kayong magretake...

pwd naman yun...

kayo din naman mahihirapan in the future...

bwahahaha

nakahold daw ang credentials ng ust?

if true kawawa naman sila.

not all of them are for retake, majority of them actually are not for retake.

mga taga ust, kung nakahold man and credentials nyo why not make a move? may laban kayo kasi graduate na kayo.

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