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Senate weighs options on nursing mess

Senate weighs options on nursing mess

The Senate committee on civil service and government reorganization is seriously considering suggesting a retake of the leakage-marred nursing licensure examinations conducted last June 11 and 12.

Senator Richard Gordon, who along with Senator Pia Cayetano called for a Senate inquiry into the issue, said a reexamination is necessary to restore the credibility and integrity of the nursing licensure examinations in the country.

Along with Senator Rodolfo Biazon, chairman of the committee, Gordon said the senators would also look into possible amendments to the law with an eye to imposing stricter regulation of review centers or banning them.

“It is important that there is a retake. At the very least a retake of [Tests] 3 and 5, not necessarily all,” Gordon said, noting that the two tests were the only items covered by the alleged leakage.

The licensure examinations consisted of 500 items, divided into five tests. Test 3 consisted of 19 questions, while Test 5 consisted of 20 items. Some 42,000 nursing graduates took the examinations and about 17,000 passed.

Biazon said his panel has to conduct subsequent hearings before making any recommendations, noting that in yesterday’s hearing invited officials from the Professional Regulations Commission, the Commission on Higher Education and from the National Bureau of Investigation failed to show up.

“There is a proposal for a retake, but it will take some expenses on the part of the examinees and this is definitely unfair to those who passed [the test] fair and square,” Biazon said.

Several of the resource people, including deans of nursing schools, association of nurses, favored a retake of the tainted licensure examinations.

But Gordon also insisted that somebody should be held accountable for the leakage. Penalties may range from administrative sanctions to criminal prosecution.

“If we really want to impress the world, it is important that somebody answer for this. It is important that the culprits are identified and penalized. We have to have closure here,” Gordon said.

Noting that Filipino nurses are in great demand all over the world, Gordon warned that the prospect of employment of our nurses abroad would be jeopardized if nothing is done to correct the situation.

He noted that based on the testimonies given to the Senate committee, there is a “smoking gun” that proves the cheating.

Lawyer Cheryl Daytec Yanggot, counsel of complaining examinees, said several personnel of photocopying shops in Baguio City have admitted reproducing 2,800 copies of the 18-page leaked questionnaire, purportedly by staff from a review center.

Gordon wants the NBI or the Senate legal staff to secure sworn statements from the staff of the copier firms to secure the evidence confirming the leakage.

PRC’s fact-finding committee recommended the filing of administrative charges against Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja “for neglect of duty that gave rise to the leakage of the test questions.”

Both Gordon and Biazon also lamented the transfer of regulation of review schools from the CHED to the Department of Trade and Industry, saying that this move has commercialized the operations of review schools. Roy Pelovello


The statements of Senators Richard Gordon, Pia Cayetano and Rodolfo Biazon are indeed remarkable. Somebody should really be held liable inorder that future leakage scandal wont happened again. I should say that EXAM RE-TAKE of NLE is the BEST and ONLY solution in order to regain back the integrity of nursing licensure exams. I strongly recommend that the culprits should be penalized, as well as the proven review center who is accessories to the crime. I hope that their will be no whitewash even the "Re-take" takes place already so that the trust and confidence of our neighboring countries will remain. This will serves a lesson to all of us.

May the good Lord guide our decisions all the way and move on to the greater heights.

May leakage na since birth of the NLE. :)
Pinaka-unfair sa lahat ung mga nafailed na walang leakage.

It is my great pleasure & a matter of personal pride that I passed the June 2006 NLE na WALANG LEAKAGE!
Willing ako na magretake provided na FREE ang lahat like board & lodging, food, fare and etc. (Posible kaya? :)
Para sa government: Kung gusto maraming paraan kung hindi maraming dahilan)

Para sa akin confident ako na makapass pa rin sa retake kasi nga pasado ako last exam taking into consideration that the PRC ruled to invalidate 25 questions in Test III and the entire last category,Test V. Kahit 375 items lang ung nacreedit pasado pa rin. Fair na rin ang retake para sa hindi pumasa na ang average ay 74 percent. Malay mo Test V sana ung makahila sa average nila which is very easy.
Wish ko lang na kapag matutuloy na ung REEXAMINATION, WALA na sanang LEAKAGE O KUNG ANO PA MAN para VERY FAIR na sa LAHAT. Para wala nang sisihan at illogical rationalizations.

ano pa ba gusto nyo?tinanggal na nga 'yong sinasabi nyong part na may leakage eh...filipinos nga naman,binigay mo na 'yong kamay mo gusto buong katawan pa.masyadong gahaman.

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