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Cebu passers hail CA ruling, worry about recomputed grades

Cebu passers hail CA ruling, worry about recomputed grades

By Jhunnex Napallacan, Jani Arnaiz
Last updated 07:52pm (Mla time) 10/14/2006

CEBU CITY -- While most of the passers of the nursing licensure board welcomed the Court of Appeals ruling for a partial retake of the nursing board examination, some are worried about the nullification of the recomputation of the scores.

Chulou Penales, 10th placer in the June examinations and president of the group Tanan (Tapoktapok sa Nagkahiusang Nurses Batok sa Retake), said they were very happy with the CA decision.

"For us, this is the most justifiable decision, to spare the innocents from the retake," Penales said.

Cebu, along with other provinces in the Visayas, has been asking the government to exempt the Visayas and Mindanao from the proposed retake of the nursing licensure examinations.

But Penales said they have yet to see how many of the board passers in Cebu would be affected by the nullification of the recomputation, which had added 1.1 percent to the grades of the examinees.

If the examinees' rating falls below 75, after the 1.1 percent is deducted, then they have to take the examination again, he said.

There are 1,723 board passers in Cebu.

Penales said their group might help generate funds for and provide whatever support to those who have to retake the examination.

Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) 7 acting director Dan Malayang said there are board passers in Cebu who will be affected.

Malayang confirmed that because of the recomputation of the scores, the PRC gave some examinees additional points, which enabled them to attain the 75 rating.

In Maasin City, the parents of nursing graduates who passed the licensure examination were also pleased with the CA ruling but they also ruled out any retake for their children.

Aurora Salazar, whose daughter graduated from the Cebu Normal University, said she would rather have her daughter review for the United States National Council Licensure Examinations for nurses, which does not require a Philippine license.

Another mother of nursing board passer echoed this sentiment.

"My daughter, who is in Cebu reviewing for the NCLEX, called me this morning to tell me how happy she was when she knew (about) the CA ruling," said Joy Arnaiz, who could not hide her relief over the CA order for the immediate oath taking for passers outside of Manila and Baguio.
At least 10 nursing graduates from Maasin passed the controversial nursing board.


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