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Speed up the probe on the leakage scandal

Speed up the probe on the leakage scandal

The issue whether the leakage-tainted licensure exam for nurses given last June should have a retake of the test continues to rage.
Although an investigation on the exam scandal is on-going, the nation is divided on the issue. The Professional Regulatory Commission and the Board of Nursing which are in the eye of the storm had scheduled the oath-taking of the passers last August 22 but the Court of Appeals has issued a temporary restraining order for the PRC and the Board of Nursing to “cease and desist from proceeding with the oath-taking.”

The Philippine Nursing Association the original stand of which was for all the successful examinees to have a retake of the test has a change of heart. It now opposes a repeat of the test. The Davao chapter of the Association of Nursing Administration of the Philippines (ANSAP), the national organization of schools and colleges offering nursing courses, is likewise against a retake, saying that it is unfair for nursing graduates in the Davao region who passed the test because they “did not participate in the leakage scandal.” Of the 42,006 takers in the June 11-12 exam, 12,17, 821 hurdled the test.

In the face of the raging controversy, the on-going probe into the leakage scandal should be speeded up so as to punish the guilty and clear the innocent at the earliest time possible. The call of parents of nursing graduates in Davao who passed the test to the appellate court to allow their children to take their oath is understandable. But the better part of prudence would be for the TRO issued by the CA last August 18 to stay pending the results of the official investigation.

It would be to the interest of all concerned not to rush the oath-taking of the successful examinees. While the passers who did not take part in the scandal may feel prejudiced by the putting on hold of their oath-taking, it will be worse if those who actually benefited from the leakage are allowed to take their oath and given their licenses.


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