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PRC 8 head defends agency on alleged laxity in giving June 2006 nursing licensure exams

PRC 8 head defends agency on alleged laxity in giving June 2006 nursing licensure exams

Tacloban City (August 28) -- Professional Regulatory Commission Regional (PRC) Office 8 Director German Palabyab said that there was no leakage from PRC's computerized system based on evidence available as shown by the initial report of the Board of Nursing.

Director Palabyab added that the fact-finding committee report stated that the test questions leaked prior to the date of the examinations came from the unextracted test questions submitted by Board of Nursing members Madeja and Dionisio.

These statements were made by Director Palabyab during the briefing and press conference on the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examinations, held recently at the Leyte Park Hotel co-sponsored by PRC, Philippine Information Agency and the Federation of Active Professional Organizations of Region Eight.

Both the PRC Committee and the Board of Nurses Committee investigations point to the unextracted test questions submitted by Mrs. Madeja and Dionisio as the source of the alleged leak, Director Palabyab said.

There was no leakage emanating from the PRC computerized examination system. The leak occurred prior to the extraction of actual test questions that were used in the June 2006 exams, Director Palabyab emphasized.

This was confirmed by Mr. Edgar Costibolo, Supervising PRO of PRC 8 who explained the system of PRC Licensure Examinations.

He said that each of the members of the Board of Nurses are asked to submit 500 questions each which means that there is a total of 3,000 questions, only 500 of which are encrypted in the PRC diskettes and safely packed. This diskettes are brought to the PRC Regional Offices the day before the examinations. A team composed of the Manila PRC Representative, PNP, NBI, PRC Region 8 representative are then made incommunicado inside a room where the test questions are printed through a risograph machine.

The members of the team are divested of their cell phones and are not allowed to leave the room. The test papers, safely packed are taken from the room and delivered to the examination areas fifteen minutes before the start of the exams. The box where the examination papers are place can only be opened five minutes before the exams. Because two sets of questions are printed and distributed to the examinees, no cheating is possible.

Director Palabyab said that the incident brought to light the need to pass a legislation to regulate Review Centers and to compel the review centers to submit names of their reviewees.

There is also a need to re-emphasize that the four years college preparation for nursing students should be strengthened by CHED by closing non-performing nursing schools and to promote college-based review instead of privately run for profit Review Centers. (PIA 8)


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