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Palace orders retake of nursing exam in 'leakage' areas

Palace orders retake of nursing exam in 'leakage' areas

Article posted August 30, 2006, 2:43 pm

MalacaƱang on Wednesday finally put its foot down on the nursing exam controversy, ordering a retake of the test but only in areas where the leakage happened.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was already able to determine these supposed problem areas.

"Punish those who have to be punished," Ermita said.

NBI Director Nestor Mantaring assured Ermita that the agency was wrapping up its investigation into the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing on June 11 and 12, 2006.

A total of 17,821 out of 42,006 examinees passed the test.

The exam, given in the cities of Manila, Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga, covered five subjects, each with 100 questions.

Earlier media reports said the source of the leakage was traced to Baguio City.

Mantaring is scheduled to submit his findings to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Thursday.

The NBI is now only finalizing the criminal aspects of the potential cases to be filed against the suspected culprits.

Ermita said he will "demand for a copy" of the report.

Dante Ang, chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, earlier expressed his desire to have all examinees retake the entire exam.

Last August 18, the Court of Appeals (CA) Third Division issued a 60-day restraining order against the oath-taking of this year's nursing board passers.

The appellate court directed the PRC and the Board of Nursing "to cease and desist from ... proceeding with the oath-taking allegedly scheduled on Aug. 22, 2006."

Over 1,000 graduates, however, were able to take their oath as new nurses in Cebu and Iloilo shortly before the CA handed down its decision.


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