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Nursing exam results should be voided

By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh
Last updated 01:52am (Mla time) 09/02/2006

THE ONGOING controversy about the leaked answers to two parts of the five-part nursing board exams given last June is threatening the reputation of Filipino nurses both at home and abroad. Both the government and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) therefore should exert the utmost effort at restoring the tarnished reputation of the nursing profession.

The PRC has been resolute in refusing to validate the exam results and ask those who took it to sit again for new exams. Instead, it has decided to cancel the grades from the exams’ tests III and V, answers to which were leaked by two review centers in Manila, and to recalibrate the rest of the grading to take this leak into account. Not only do I fail to see the logic in doing this, but it is still unfair to all the examinees that did not cheat.

To say that it is too daunting to have new exams, or that nursing students are too tired and stressed to sit through the whole thing again, is ridiculous. If I were a nursing student in this batch of tainted-exam takers I would want to secure my reputation by taking new exams.

Under the new formula of the PRC, even more students (499 to be exact) will pass the examination, whether they cheated or not, which to my mind is ridiculous.

Why should cheaters be rewarded in the end for something immoral that they have done? It just doesn’t make sense.

Dante Ang, the head of the government’s inter-agency task force investigating the cheating, has said a recomputation of the nursing board exam results would be a violation of the Nursing Act of 2002.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has finished its preliminary investigation of this fiasco and recommended that two Nursing Board officials be charged with leaking the answers to the two tests. It has also furnished Malacañang with the names of the testing centers that leaked the test questions, but asked the Palace not to release the names to the public until next week, after it has completed its probe.

Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla has called for the whole PRC board to resign in order to help the investigation. The board has refused to do so, and created more confusion when it went ahead and released the results of the nursing board exams despite requests from Congress and the government to hold off until the investigation into the cheating was finished.

This was an act of bad faith, designed to create a fait accompli situation that the government would find hard to reverse once examinees have found out their scores.

The PRC should be punished for this attempt at short-circuiting the whole process.

The Department of Justice needs to file criminal charges against those guilty of leaking the results and also against those who benefited from them. After that, the PRC should at the very least cancel the results of tests III and V and ask that all students retake those two tests. That is the only fair solution to a situation that can be described only as foul and stinky.

Since nurses are one of the main exports of the Philippines, it behooves everyone involved in this noble profession to keep the highest standards of integrity and respectability. Overseas Filipino nurses send home millions of dollars ever year, and jeopardizing this hard-earned revenue because a few nursing students are too “stressed” to retake part of the exam is, frankly, idiotic.

Why don't you just go back to your country Rasheed Abou-Alsamh! This is none of your business. What are u doing here anyway?

Mas mganda na ang ganito.. Correct me f i'm wrong.. Nangako ang PRC for those BSN who would like a retake for free, di ba? Intended land ba 'to sa mga pumasa o lahat, kasi nagbayad pa rin kami.
Accepted na nga namin na bagsak kami at ok na magretake pero bakit may bayad na???

mas maganda ipublish ng PRC ang pinili nilang questions sa test 3 and 5 with answers para malaman ang totoo.. Sila lang kasi ang nakakaalam at ang lakas pa ng tanggi nila sa retake...

To the 2nd poster: FYI Ang wala pong bayad ay yung mga June 2006 passers na magreretake se December :-)

wala na retake!!!

Rasheed Abou-Angsamahmo...ehe, Alsamh pala:

When you were in college, if some students were caught cheating in the final exam, will the grades of all students who took the exam be voided?

The representative of the UST School of Nursing already answered the same question in a past TV interview with the representative of Fatima School of Nursing and two examinees: No, they don't.

If so, why void wholesale the results of the 2006 nursing exam when it is clear that not all examinees received leakage and that leakage did not occur in other examination venues?

pag pasensyahan nyo na..isa pa kasing engot na nakikisawsaw sa issue ng pinoy. lunurin na ang isang ito sa bowl ng sopas kasama ni dante ang ipis!

Pahuli ko sa B. of immigration tong lokong to e.

Saudi Government is a country that does not allow foreign intervention more specially concerning national interest and internal matter and or natinal affairs... This man from the middle east should help arrest Bin Ladin instead going into this, our very own national affairs. We do not need his comments which is one sided and without going deeper into the real situation. He doesn't understand the truth and the other side of Nurses who passed the examination. For him the verdict is final. I think he has to solved the many problem in the M.E. before entering into another boiling hot of water...

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