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Nursing deans, execs seek Arroyo help vs PRC

Nursing deans, execs seek Arroyo help vs PRC

By Vincent Cabreza
Inquirer
Last updated 03:28am (Mla time) 08/01/2006

Published on Page A13 of the August 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BAGUIO CITY—Deans of nursing schools and officers of the Philippine Nurses Association here have asked President Macapagal-Arroyo to sanction the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for the alleged cheating in the June 11 and 12 nursing licensure examinations.

In a letter, they asked Ms Arroyo to suspend the PRC commissioners as well as the members of the Board of Nursing.

They also urged Ms Arroyo to form a team to investigate alleged test leakages, which the PRC traced to two members of the nursing board before it released the test results on July 19.

They told the President that the exposé was ignited by “PRC’s suspiciously swift denial of the anomaly,” despite evidence that 90 of the 500 sample questions drawn up by a nursing board member showed up in an 18-page handwritten document circulated in the Baguio testing area.

“It is now very clear that PRC was never the proper party to investigate as it should likewise be investigated. Aside from its initial efforts to suppress the truth, more allegations of PRC ineptitude and anomalies are coming out, like the violation of the sanctity of the confidential rooms where board questions were selected,” they said in the letter.

“Our profession is one of the biggest dollar earners of our country. It does not deserve the blows it sustained from the illicit acts of a few of its members who acted in cahoots with government officials. It is our view that the only way we can reverse the effects of the leakage is for your administration to demonstrate unequivocally that it is does not condone the anomaly.”

They said the exposé has hurt “the integrity of the examination and the nursing profession itself has been gravely compromised.”

The PNA chapter in the United States also expressed concern over the “unsettling manner with which the (PRC) handled the problem.”

In a manifesto, the group said “the publicity generated by the leakage incident … and the way the concerned officials handled may reverse our reputation … for competence and dependability.”

The group said it had launched the campaign for the adoption of the Philippines as a testing center of the National Council for Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). It said it now feared a backlash from the scandal.

“A lot is at stake: The integrity of the nursing profession, the campaign to make the Philippines an NCLEX-RN testing center, the overseas employment of the thousands of nurses, which the Philippine labor force cannot absorb, the growth of the Philippine economy,” the group said.

FROM: PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view_article.php?article_id=12767

hahahaha! pano makakatulong c gma eh kung siya dinaya niya pangkapanalo niya?! eh di para din niyang ipapaimbestiga ang 2004 presidential elections!

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