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No clear decision on leakage

No clear decision on leakage
By MA. ISABEL ONGPIN
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The nursing examination mess has been going on for months with no resolution. The Nursing Board of Examiners has resigned and no replacements have been made. Rather, would-be replacements have declined to serve and they have a very good reason. That is, that the Professional Regulation Commission, is nowhere near to solving the problem and is probably nearer to making it worse. Since the discovery of the leakage of the nursing exam questions which has precipitated the crisis, the commission has reacted with conflicting moves and slow motion steps, none of which have brought any reassurance that they know what they are doing or that they are confronting the problem adequately enough to come to a resolution.

Meanwhile, thousands of nurse candidates who have taken the exams are affected. The situation is so confused that I no longer know who was allowed to take their oaths as professional nurses and who was not and the reasons for each. Someone or some entity has to take charge and right the situation and with the Nursing Board resigned, it is incumbent on the commission. But no clear decision, no clarification of the problem, no satisfactory communication to those concerned or to the public in general has been made.


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The only clear voice recently has been that of the Commission on Higher Education whose head, Dr. Carlito Puno, has made a telling observation and proffered a solution. That is, that review centers which compete with the nursing schools and charge higher fees, relatively speaking, are not really being patronized for the quality of their reviews for the examinations, but more for tips, tricks and perhaps leaked questions that they implicitly promise. It is to be recalled that the leakage came from a review center. I have a suspicion that CHED is right on this and therefore, one step toward a solution is to get these review centers out of the way. It is difficult enough to supervise the nursing schools without having to monitor and investigate the review centers.

Meanwhile, the Professional Regulation Commission is fast losing whatever moral or professional authority it has on this matter and by extension on others for the loss of confidence that the public is rapidly acquiring regarding their inaction and absence of assertion of authority to solve the problem.

It is time for the executive department responsible for the appointments to the commission to step in and resolve matters at this stage. Thousands of nursing students, the nursing profession and its future are at stake. It would do them well to consult the deans of the nursing schools for advice too as they confront the issue.

And the next time around that the executive department appoints persons in commissions and boards, let it go beyond mere professional credentials to the more critical quality of whether candidates know right from wrong and can competently make the timely decisions to uphold right and punish wrong.

The paralysis that remains regarding the examination question leakage of more than three months ago is a sorry proof that the wrong appointments have been made.


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Dr. CARLITO PUNO should be subjected to detailed performance audit. He is talking about review centers but it seems he does not know what he is talking about. Nursing schools under CHED are also offering review classes at exorbitant fees, what has he done about them? What has he also done about substandard nursing schools recommended to be closed. Dahil malakas sa kanya for one reason or another, he did not close them???

Review centers other than by nursing schools serve a useful purpose. It is irresponsible on the part of Dr. Puno or others to say that graduates enroll in them only for leakage purposes. If so, then most of them would have enrolled only in the final coaching or pre-week review, not for the whole duration of the review period!!! Dr. Puno is insulting reviewees I know who enrolled in review schools and really burned the midnight oil, so to speak, after their review classes--and they passed the 2006 exam as I expected.

What is needed is proper regulation of review centers as to allowable fees, number of reviewees per class, qualification of reviewers, etc. Reviewers should be highly paid but really capable--and not all nursing schools, especially those with small student population, can afford to hire them because more than one highly paid reviewer is needed per school or review center--and there are not enough of them available throughout the country for all nursing schools. Many have gone abroad. So, what should happen is for graduates from different schools to flock to really good review centers.

As for leakages, there is a way of avoiding it if PRC and BON will really be serious about it. Ask Commissioner Avelina dela Rea. She is a CPA and internal control specialist. She knows what to do, especially after learning lessons from the 2006 leakage incident.

Also, authorities should make a case problem of the nursing exam system and how leakages take place, publish it (such as through posting to the Internet but announced in newspapers), and ask for solutions pro bono from the public. I suppose there will be experts who will respond. I am talking of the case method being done in graduate schools. Apply it to the actual problem situation in nursing exams and I believe many patriotic and capable Filipinos will help.

Bakit ba ang daming deans, teachers, at education officials na ang baba ng tingin sa mga 2006 passers. Kung tutuusin, they maybe more honorable... maybe more than the education official who seems a coddler of substandard nursing schools--na contributory sa masamang resulta ng nursing exams at nandadaya pa ng kanilang mga students who do not get the equivalent teaching of what they paid for to the said substandard schools!!!

ATTENTION ALL JUNE 2006 BOARD PASSERS...
PLEASE GIVE OUR SUPPORT TO THOSE FIGHTING FOR US (FOR THE LIFTING OF THE TRO) BY SHOWING UP TO BE COUNTED AT THE COURT OF APPEALS (OROSA ST. IN MANILA, BEHIND SUPREME COURT) TOMORROW, MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 18, 2006) BETWEEN 9-9:30AM.
WE NEED TO SHOW THE JUDGE HEARING OUR CASE THAT, INDEED, INJUSTICE WAS MADE ON US WHEN WE WERE DENIED OUR OATH-TAKING AND SUBSEQUENT LICENSING.
PLEASE BE THERE TOMORROW.
PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR CONCERNED FRIENDS.
THANK YOU.

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