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Declining quality of nursing schools traced to loose regulation

PIA Press Release
Declining quality of nursing schools traced to loose regulation

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (9 September) -- Despite the remarkable hiring rate of Filipino nurses in the United States and other European countries, many are still questioning the poor passing rate during the recent Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE).

Philippine Nursing Association Corporate Secretary Dr. Roberto Palec expressed his utmost disappointment on the poor passing rate of this year's exam.

Palec attributed the poor result to the declining quality of education delivered by many nursing schools.

" Now we see plenty of schools opening here and there." He explained how the high demand of nurses abroad has encouraged the people in the community to make it as a business.

Also a college dean himself, he admitted how owners of nursing schools tried to sacrifice the quality of education given to students.

Palec, who is also the Governor for PNA Region XI, admitted that there are only three nursing schools in the city which deserve to be called "real schools".

However, due to unexplored reasons the number of schools grew to a number.

"I know that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has the power to issue permits for the schools. I also know that the Board of Nursing (BON) is also tasked to give recommendation to be considered by the CHED," he said.

Despite such guideline, Palec claimed that the recommendations given by the BON are only put to waste as the decision solely comes from CHED.

Palec bared that most of the nursing schools given license to operate were owned by influential people in the community like politicians.

" Kahit walang totoong building at facilities, walang highly-qualified dean at class professors, mayroon pa ring nakakalusot at nabibigyan ng permit. Yan ang napakalaking tanong dito," he said.

As stated in the guidelines, a nursing school must have teachers with Masters in Nursing. However, it turned out that there are schools operating without highly-qualified instructors.

" How then could we expect examinees from these kind of schools pass the test and become competitive enough to serve?" he asked.

Not just the loose regulation and business-minded school owners, Palec also blamed the parents of the students as having to do with the declining quality of nursing schools.

"If you do not enroll your kids in these schools, then they would definitely close on their own."

However, Palec recognizes the fact that parents, wanting their kids to immediately finish a nursing degree so they could land a good job abroad, are the ones tolerating this kind of trade.

He urged the parents to only trust legal schools to be assured of a high quality education for their children. (PIA XI)


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