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HIGH FAILURE RATE OF PINOY NURSES IN UK ENGLISH EXAM
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:45:54 AM »
STATEMENT BY THE HONORABLE

BERNADETTE “BH” HERRERA-DY
Bagong Henerasyon Party-list
Chair, Committee on Public Information
REACTION TO VERY HIGH FAILURE RATE OF PINOY NURSES IN UK ENGLISH EXAM

Examinees had trouble with tenses and essays

As Chair of the House Committee on Public Information and Member of the House Committees on Health and Foreign Affairs, I am deeply concerned about the reported English test high failure rate of Filipino nurses who have been seeking entry to the United Kingdom.

The Guardian, a leading UK newspaper, noted in particular that the high failure rate of foreign nurses is specifically because of difficulties on the use of tenses and in essay writing.

The Philippines is country that flaunts its English competence but apparently that assertion is a balloon full of hot air when it comes to the English competencies of our nursing graduates.

Apparently, this English competence problem is not confined to nursing graduates. The IT-BPO industry in the Philppines has said they have thousands of "near-hires" who needed further training, including English training, so they could be eventually hired. (See reference below)

I now challenge the Commission on Higher Education and the nursing colleges to apply the necessary intervention measures to make sure that future batches of nursing graduates seeking jobs in English-speaking countries will not encounter the same fate as those who failed the English tests in UK.

I ask for a meeting with the deans of the nursing schools, the CHED officials, and the CHED technical panel on health professions, so we can map out the broad strokes and next steps.

I also ask for a meeting with the DepEd to address the roots of the English competence problems in the basic education levels.

This is a very serious matter because about 200,000 nursing graduates are jobless, and we have about 80,000 nursing graduates every year, and about 25,000 take the nursing licensure exams of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) annually. The PRC nursing licensure exams this year are in June and November.

The PRC said, "3,882 out of 11,176 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this June 2017."

Last year, the PRC said, "6,836 out of 14,322 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last November 2016."

The November 2017 nursing exams will be on the 25th and 26th. (http://www.prc.gov.ph/uploaded/documents/RA_NURSE_boardprogram_NOV2017.pdf )  (END)

REFERENCES:                                                                              https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/23/nurses-language-tests-immigration-nhs

http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/09/26/17/pinoy-nurses-recruited-for-jobs-in-uk-fail-english-test

http://www.philstar.com/world/2017/09/27/1743231/88-filipino-nurses-recruited-uk-hospital-fail-english-test

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/10/relax-english-language-test-foreign-nurses-say-hospital-execs/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/pinoyabroad/627232/90-of-pinay-nurses-accepted-to-uk-hospital-flunk-language-test/story/

http://www.magellan-solutions.com/blog/why-investors-are-attracted-to-the-philippine-call-center-industry-2/

http://www.manilatimes.net/200000-registered-nurses-are-jobless/262211/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-18575810

http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/?id=7575)

http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/10/20/11/65000-it-bpo-near-hires-get-program-boost

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