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CHEd urged to name inferior nursing schools

CHEd urged to name inferior nursing schools

MANILA, Philippines—The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines on Monday urged the Commission on Higher Education to disclose the 177 schools with substandard nursing education in the interest of consumers.

According to TUCP secretary-general Ernesto Herrera, the CHEd should identify these schools that would be phased out so that parents would be warned not to enroll their children in these institutions.
“The CHEd should specify the institutions with low-grade nursing programs. This way, parents will be discouraged from sending their daughters and sons to these schools even before they are actually closed down,” Herrera said.

The CHEd recently said there were 177 nursing programs nationwide failed to produce a student who was able to pass the Nursing Licensure Examination in the last five years. The agency did not identify the schools but ordered their closure.

Herrera said CHEd has a duty to the public to divulge the names of these schools, which might continue to offer its services to unwitting parents.

He likened the deficient nursing institutions to defective products. Herrera pointed out that unsafe and defective products are often identified and recalled in the market to protect consumers.
“Right now, the public does not have a clue as to the identities of these inferior nursing schools,” Herrera said. “We also have no idea as to when these schools will actually be closed down. Some of them may be able to appeal their cases, and continue to offer nursing programs indefinitely, to the detriment of consumers,” he added.

The 177 faulty institutions, according to Herrera, account for nearly half of all nursing schools. Encouraged by the prospect of getting high-paying jobs overseas, more than 420,000 students are now enrolled in 460 nursing schools nationwide.

The sheer number of nursing students in the country has produced a surplus of graduates that could not be accommodated in the local job market. Read the complete article here

Closure of failing nursing schools
The recruitment sector on Monday backed the planned closure of non-performing nursing schools convinced that this contributed much to the unemployment of half a million nurses in the country.

“The recruitment sector has consistently been asking for the rationalization of over 1,000 nursing schools which have contributed to the half-million jobless nurses, half of them board-passers and nowhere to go except to other jobs like call centers, sales persons, hotel or the service industry,” Emmanuel Geslani, recruitment consultant, said.

Each year, he said, more than 60,000 board-passers join the labor market which can only accommodate 5,000 new nurses not to mention that only 15,000 can work abroad especially in the Middle East countries where there is an acute shortage of nurses. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

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