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Test 5 questions still computed in nurses final grade

Test 5 questions still computed in nurses final grade
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=49459

An ABS-CBN Bandila Exclusive

A statistician on Monday said she did not invalidate 90 nursing board exam questions in computing the final grades of the board examinees. The 90 questions, all from Test 5 of the 2006 Nursing Licensure Exams, were reportedly leaked to several review centers two days before the exams.

In an exclusive report on ABS-CBN's Bandila, Dr. Mila Ibe said removing 90 out of the 100 questions from Test 5 of the NLE would invalidate the whole test.

"If you remove 90 questions, then only 10 would remain. [Ten questions] would no longer be dependable or reliable to gauge [the examinee's] knowledge of Test 5," she said. Test 5 tackles questions on psychiatric nursing.

The Board of Nursing earlier tapped Ibe to compute the grades of the 2006 nursing board examinees.

Officials of BON and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) have said they had invalidated the leaked portions of the NLE to compute the final grade of the board examinees. The PRC said a total of 17,871 of nearly 43,000 board examinees passed the licensure exam.

Ibe said she removed 20 leaked questions of Test 3 of the nursing board exams in the computation of the final grade. She said she did not receive confirmation that the 90 questions on Test 5 should be left out of the final computation of the results of the board exams.


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"Better to nullify it than to take it for what little information that you get from the remaining 10 items. I won't allow that only 10 (questions) would be the basis (for the Test 5 results)," she added.

She said that she was not given a test framework or list of topics that should be tackled in the licensure exams to gauge the knowledge of the examinees.

Prof. Rene Tadle said failure to use the test framework invalidates the results of the whole exam.

"The law specifies what are the topics that should be a part of an examination. If you don't use the test framework the results would be unreliable," Tadle, who is president of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Faculty of Nursing Association, said.

Lucia Chona Ventura, president of the Actuarial Society of the Philippines, also questioned Ibe's formula to compute the final grades of the board examinees.

"I don't think it's logical to use the average scores of the four exams to come up with the score of the fifth exam. Ninety percent spells a big difference. If you take it out and leak it out then it affects the entire exams totally," Ventura said.

The PRC and the National Bureau of Investigation have launched separate investigations into the test leakage. At least two BON officials have been identified as possible sources of the test leakage.

Several groups are pushing for a re-take of Tests 3 and 5 of the NLE, which the PRC refused.


FROM : http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=49459

Dapat di na mag imbestiga ang PRC on their own since sila ang involved dito. Bulok talaga ang sistema natin. Kung involved ang head ng PRC natural bias na agad yun...

err d ba dati na natin alam ganyan computation, sinabi PRC WALA na yung leaked na 90 questions because na devalued na po by adding the average of 1 and 2 sets divided by 2. So in a way kasama pa rin yung 90 questions kaya nga valid ang exam. so whats the big deal? Korina we already know this shit.

If Test 5 is downgraded, that has the effect of nullifying it to the extent of the reduction in weight of the subject.

Yung nagsabi na sa batas nakalagay yung topics ng PRC exam, that is not correct. The Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 (hindi 2001 gaya ng sinabi ni Dr. Dante Ang--yun lang hindi pa niya masabi ng tama) or R.A.9173 does not specify the board exam subjects, and the law gives the BON the prerogative as to the scope of exams.

Moreover, if they find one lawyer saying NO, we can always find another lawyer saying YES.

Hummmm, nakaka-amoy ako ng bayaran dito. Bakit kaya may bumabaligtad, at mayroon namang media na mapilit, mayroon kayang kapalit ang lahat ng ito? Hummmm

KUNG HINDI NILA TINANGGAL ANG LEAK SA TEST 5 EH DI TANGGALIN PERO NO RETAKE PA RIN!!!

ABSCBN'S BANDILA, KAYO NA LANG KAYA MAG-IMBESTIGA? PARA KASING KAYO LAGI NAKAKAUNA...

DR. ANG, WHO CARES ABOUT OFW'S SUFFERINGS?

PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF OFW'S WHO DO NOT RECEIVE SALARIES, THOSE MALTREATED AND CALLED DOG BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, THOSE OVERWORKED, THOSE WITHOUT OFF DAYS, ETC. ABROAD. VERY CLEAR ANG MGA PROBLEMANG ITO SA TV NEWS NG MGA PILIPINONG GALING SA LEBANON.

BAKA KUNG HINDI KAYO SABIHAN AY NI HINDI NYO MAPANSIN ANG MGA PROBLEMANG ITO DAHIL CONCENTRATED LANG KAYO SA KUNG PAANO MAPAPA-UWI ANG MGA OFW'S DOON.

Nursing profession needs cure

Inquirer
Last updated 02:28am (Mla time) 09/05/2006
Published on page A12 of the September 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WEEKS have passed since the scandal broke out, but the issues and dilemmas hounding the nursing licensure exam appear to be still far from a final resolution.

Meanwhile, the innocent examinees, the real victims of this scam, continue to suffer. Most of the examinees are being deprived of their opportunity to find a job, earn and help support their families. And to think that they have debts to pay, debts incurred by their families for their schooling and review. The longer it takes to bring this scandal to closure, the more the examinees and their families suffer.

Some hospitals have already announced they will not hire the services of the passers of the tainted exam. Not a few examinees have been rejected even for volunteer work in hospitals. Again, these examinees are innocent. Why are they being persecuted for a crime they did not commit? Their only fault, if it is at all, was to be in the scene of the crime perpetrated by vultures in the nursing profession. They are indeed in a situation that cruelly makes victims of the innocent.

On the other hand, the owners of the review centers linked to the leakage remain unpunished. It's business as usual for them. They continue to rake in profit from would-be nurses and their families. All because the government is slow in its investigation and no charges have been filed against them. It wouldn't be a surprise if one of these days, they would manage to skip town and escape accountability.

The leakage scandal is not just a question of retake or no retake. It is more importantly a matter of justice and it calls for a serious reappraisal of the state of our nursing profession. Everybody wants out of this scandal with a sense that justice has been served to one and all. But the government's indecisiveness is causing the examinees the jobs they immediately need.
MalacaƱang's initial hands-off policy only raised more eyebrows.

Yet, there are concrete options that government can immediately act on. It can, for example, suspend the operation of review centers that have been linked to the leakage; place on the watch list of the Bureau of Immigration the names of the owners of these review centers and the officials of the Philippine Regulation Commission/Board of Nursing and Philippine Nurses Association; and revoke the professional licenses of all the nurses involved in the leakage.

As to the suggestion to subject the nursing profession in the Philippines to a deeper diagnosis, this is definitely in order. The June 2006 nursing board exam leakage clearly showed that the country's state of nursing is sick.

DANI BELTRAN (via e-mail)

http://opinion.inq7.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view_article.php?article_id=18997

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