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Say NO to 5-Year Nursing in the Philippines
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:43:39 PM »
Senator Francis Escudero on Saturday opposed the plan by the Commission on Higher Education to extend the nursing education from four years to five years.

“I am against adding another year for nursing, or for any other course,” the senator said in a statement e-mailed to media outfits.

“Our nurses are being praised all over the world. Why in the world does CHED want to change what is not broken?” he asked.

Escudero said CHED should instead weed out diploma mills that have proliferated due to the increase in the number of nursing students. He also called for stricter supervision of nursing review centers.

Echoing the call of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations against the CHED plan, Escudero said making nursing a five-year course would mean an additional financial burden to parents and students.

“Parents set aside a budget for the education of their children. Based on current figures each nursing student needs about P100,000 annually for matriculation plus textbooks, excluding review courses. Adding another year to the course makes it more expensive,” the senator pointed out. - PDI

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