Board and Bar exams should be removed, Secretary Bello’s idea

Manila, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that taking and passing the bar and board exams especially those for nurses, should no longer be needed and thereby recommend to Congress the removal of professional exams altogether.

In an online media briefing on Wednesday, he said,

“Napakamahal kumuha ng kursong nursing. Kukuha sila ng four years, after graduating, kukuha sila ng board exam. Bakit pa kailangan ng board exam eh ilang exam ang dinaanan nila sa nursing?”

(It is too expensive to take the Nursing course. They will take it for four (4) years, after graduation, they will take the board exam. Why there’s still a need of board exam if they already taken lots of exams in the course of studying nursing?)

“Puro na lang exam. Do they not trust these schools where these nurses came from, especially kung ‘yung school na pinanggalingan nila ay accredited by CHEd (Commission on Higher Education)?”

(Lots of exams. Do they not trust these schools where these nurses came from, especially if the school where they came from is accredited by CHED?)

“So sabi ko pag-aralan na ‘yan and then we can recommend to Congress na tanggalin na ‘yung mga exam exam na ‘yan. Gastos sa ating mga nurses. ‘Pag grumaduate na, nakuha na lahat ng kailangang pag-aralan nila, [dapat] pwede nang magpractice, hindi na kailangan ng examination,”

(So I said to study this and then we can recommend to Congress to remove these exams. Expense to our nurses. When you graduated, have studied all the things they needed to be studied, so they can already practice, no need for examination)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is in charge of regulating lots of professionals and administering respective board licensure exams in the Philippines. Few of those are the Certified Public Accountant licensure exams (CPALE), Licensure exams for Professional Teachers (LET), Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE), Criminology Licensure Exam (CLE), Civil Engineering Exam, among others.

Like professional exams, Bello also said that we can also do away with Bar exams for aspiring lawyers.

Bar Exams no longer needed

“Kagaya sa Bar, why don’t we do away with Bar? Tutal ‘yung estudyante may four years pre-law, four years proper. Dadaan ka sa rigorous scrutiny, tapos dadaan ka pa sa Bar”

“Eh nakita mo naman ‘yung mga nagta-top sa bar hindi naman sila kasing galing pagdating sa practice although I am not trying to demean them”

The Supreme Court of the Philippines is the one in charge of administering bar exams for aspiring lawyers.

Meanwhile, Secretary Bello said that these proposals are just ideas. But he tell the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and the Board of Nursing (BoN) to study the proposal so then they can propose the Congress to amend the law requiring licensure exams for nurses.

Your Reactions?

What can you say about the proposal to remove the board and bar exams? Tell us below.

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  • Mike Jul 8, 2021 @ 8:10

    True! Bakit pa kasi kailangan ng examination. Kaming mga bagong graduate hindi agad makapagtrabaho dahil kinalaingan pa mag board, subrang gastos pa. Lalo sa pag apply. I am a Criminology Graduate po pro di parin kami makapagproceed sa next step ng buhay namin pra maging pulis dahil kailangan ng Eligibility which is Board Exam(CLE) na 4x na napostponed.

    • Tin Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:25

      Ilang reviews na ang nagastusan hanggang ngayon. Kumukuha pa ng boarding house or apartment para lang makapag focus sa pag rereview. The saddest part is kung kelan malapit na ang exam saka magpopostponed.

  • keyven Jul 8, 2021 @ 8:10

    tama po kasi ako nag practice ako nang nursing competitive namn ako sa work kahit nursing attendant lang po ako… take 6 kuna po sa nursing until now exam parin po ako…

    • Tin Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:20

      I agree with you po. I am also a criminology graduate at hindi pa makapag apply ng work kase even ibang work sa gov’t offices e need pa ng eligibility na hindi din naman makuha kuha dahil ilang beses ng napo-postponed ang exams.

      • Anonymous Jul 17, 2021 @ 11:48

        It will obviously decrease the quality of professionals we have in the country. Imagine a BS Educ graduate who got 75% at the mercy of his or her professor will be allowed to teach in line with board passers. Imagine a bs criminology graduate who can even recite miranda rights or does not even know the difference between robbery and theft. What the country should do is provide for jobs for these graduates. In line with their courses. Ex. BS Educ graduates who are not board passers are allowed to practice tutorial services. BS criminology graduates are allowed to be non uniform personnel. Just like how BS accountancy graduates can be accounting staffs. Removal of the board exams will only lower the quality of the Filipino professionals. Baka pagtawanan tayo ng mundo. Mangulelat ang Pilipinas sa ranking ng mga professional.

  • Roland Paul Baltazar Jul 8, 2021 @ 8:17

    I myself support the proposal of secretary Bello, it’s really a waste of time and money, why don’t we just ask the graduate to go to prc or supreme court for those who wants to practice their profession to go PRC or supreme court to register as a license professional

  • Engr. Bienvenido S. Lorque Jul 8, 2021 @ 8:50

    Sec. Bello you are partially correct and any body, group of person or any government agencies don’t like your proposals, they have to lobby to CHED that the system in screening and selection of all Professors, Instructors and assessors of all higher learning institution has to be highly standardize and not based on personal, friendly and or political affiliation or recommendations… Nagiging negosyo na ang Review for Board Examination sanhi ng corruption lalo na’t copy-paste and pinapairal para gumanda ang pangalan ng review center, kaya ako sinarado ko ang review center ko dahil nakakahiya ito.

  • Kore Jul 8, 2021 @ 8:56

    Tama po! Sana po ma approve kaso e decline pa yan kasi may earnings din kaya sila para mag take ng exam. Pag wala nang exam wala na silang earnings!?

  • RMT August, 2021 Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:05

    Sana po kasali din ibang allied health noh sa usapan, like kaming MedTechs, Pharmacists, RadTechs at PT opo noh. Hindi laging mga nurse. Charot! Sa true lang. Pantay naman tayong lahat sa mata ng Diyos, sa gobyerno din sana.

  • RMT August, 2021 Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:07

    Sana po kasali din ibang allied health noh sa usapan, like kaming MedTechs, Pharmacists, RadTechs at PT opo noh. Hindi laging mga nurse. Charot! Sa true lang. Pantay naman tayong lahat sa mata ng Diyos, sa gobyerno din sana. Kaya madaming nangingibang bansa e.

  • DosmilTres Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:27

    True. As A Teacher Education graduate. Naka tengga na kami for almost 2years dahil sa Exam. Na puro postponed until now. To be honest mas competitive yong mga newly graduate ngayon kesa sa mga Old. Tinatamad na poag turo yong mga Lola at Lolo matin na teachers na until now Hindi pa nag redesign. Taasan nalang po yong qualifications at pag tuununan nang Pansin nang mga school administrator at law governing bodies para pataasin Ang standard nang bawat kolehiyo sa pilipinas.

  • Fe G. Bombeza Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:27

    support din po ako sa approval na ma alis yong mga exams na yan including Civil Service Exams kasi matagal na tayong na employ sa government service hindi ma increase ang positions kahit gaano man tayo nag susumikap na pagbutihin ang trabaho natin ng dahil nga walang eligibility.

  • nel panaligan Jul 8, 2021 @ 9:38

    Tama, dahil kahit naman nakapasa ka sa mga board exams na yan, kung wala kang kapit, wala ka pa ring makukuhang trabaho. Palakasan kasi ang sistema sa Pilipinas

  • Aya DC Jul 8, 2021 @ 10:51

    truelalu … actually wala nmn yan s board exam nayan mag base tayo sa duty and skills once nasa ospital na ..yung mga paboard nila ang layo kapag actual duty na🤨 ang dami namn tlg pinagdadaan to be a nurse 4 yrs course lng hirap na den dadaan ka din sa deliveration to maitain your grade na dapat 85 bago ka makapag patuloy ng 3rd year collage hanggang maka Graduate ka sa skul mo kpg hindi mo naimaintain yun out k n s skul mo yun ang naranasan ko never to forget dahil block namin ang pinaka kawawa dahil halos ilan lng kami natira na kami ang nadisolve kaya nagkawatak watak ang dati ko block so talaga duon palang nasasala ka naman na s skul mo ..lalo d biro ang tuition fee para makatapos especially now lahat nagbabago at nagtataas tapos ang dami dami pasikot sikot n in the end magkano lang dn pasahod ng pinas sa mga nurses kaya hopefully naman wag na pahirapan meron man exam sa mga hospital na lamang to updating the knowledge 😇

  • bogart emil Jul 8, 2021 @ 11:53

    NO! Strongly Disagree!Dapat may Board/Bar exam.dami student paliguy liguy lng nakagraduate.

    • Anonymous Jul 17, 2021 @ 11:52

      Yes.. mga teacher’s pet or at times ay merciful ang teacher ayaw magbagsak..

  • madzkie Jul 8, 2021 @ 13:06

    Same here. Its very hard to take another exam . Kahit kami mga di nakapasa sa Physician Licensure Exam …mkakasabi talaga kami na yung mga bagsak pa sa exams during medschool ..sila pa yung nakapasa while kami na nag.aaral kami pa ang dehado. At saka parang nasa Apelyido lang nakasalalay yung pagpasa sa board exam namin..kapag maganda ang tunog sa surname ang pagiging doctor..pasado kana…parang ganun.. i hope mawala na lang yung board exam. Dahil diyan maraming mga pangarap ang nasawi. Tsk.

  • Bella Jul 8, 2021 @ 13:10

    Despite having experienced how hard and frustrating board exams could be, I still think it’s a must to be taken by every aspiring registered professional. It pains me to admit this but sometimes, there are universities and colleges that are “credited” by the CHED but still isn’t fully equipped to offer courses resulting to poor products. Besides, like what the respected secretary said, they have already taken and passed numerous of exams in their academic journey, why not take the licensure exam and seal the deal.

    • Anonymous Jul 17, 2021 @ 11:57

      True.. hindi kasalanan ng licensure exam kung bumagsak ang examinee.. removing the board exam is removing the quality of Filipino professionals. Wala na yung pride na ay CPA yan.. ay RN yan.. ay Pulis yan. Ay LET passer yan… ay BAR passer yan.. ay Doctor yan.. etc. Instead it will be graduate LANG po sa University sa PIlipinas. And foreign countries would say, “oh from the country of low quality professionals”

  • Irene Ann Batucan Jul 8, 2021 @ 13:45

    Tama po kasi yun. Ako po ay Education Graduate since 2016. Hanggang ngayon Hindi parin ako naka pasa ng board exam. Kahit na nag review center pa ako. At mag study ng buong araw while nag work po bilang isang private school teacher & home based tutorial. Ginagawa ko lahat pero 3x naman akong failed ng board exam (LET). Hanggang ngayon naghintay pa rin ako sa board exam for LET. Na move kasi Yung exam nami dahil sa COVID po. Pero laban lang na laban para sa kinabukasan. Hoping for next exam my License na po ako.

    • Anonymous Jul 17, 2021 @ 12:02

      Bakit ka ba bumabagsak? Kahit nagrereview center ka? Bakit batchmates mo pumapasa? Kasalanan ba ng PRC? Kasalanan ng licensure? Kung magiging allowed ka to practice teaching profession, quality graduates kaya ang mga ipasa mo? Baka kahit hindi marunong magbasa maipasa mo sa reading subject mo? Baka kahit hindi marunong magmultiply maipasa mo sa math? Ang mahalaga nakakawork ka align sa natapos mo. You still teach bilang tutor ka. Di nga lang higher paying job gaya sa nasa public school or promoted teachers.
      Be happy and contented and pray and hope that you pass it next time.

  • Manden Jul 8, 2021 @ 13:46

    That’s a bad idea.

    • Anonymous Jul 17, 2021 @ 12:04

      Terribly and insanely bad idea.

  • Roman Lavarias Jul 8, 2021 @ 13:46

    After you graduated on the course with bar or board requirements to have professional license, removing it is okey if you will have your practice here in our country, but most other countries required not just experienced, professional license is another likewise with that license you can demand a much higher salary.

  • Elizabeth Joaquin Jul 8, 2021 @ 14:10

    Yes, l agree for that. Total napag aralan na at may mga OJT or practices na ginagawa before graduation.. Tulad ko graduate ako ng Educ. Ilang beses nakong nag take ng board exam kaya lang hnd parin pinalad, pero nakapagturo nako sa private school. Kaya naming makapagturo sa private school pero sa public hindi.just because we are not LET passer.
    Paano aasenso ang mamamayang pilipino kong ang basehan natin ay Let /PRC passers. Waste of time,and waste of money.
    Kaya karamihan sating pilipino mas gustong magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Walang discrimination pero mataas ang pasahod.

  • ploink Jul 8, 2021 @ 15:08

    pede naman siguro mag work ang non board passer but within the PH professional job market only, as other countries requires professional to have equivalent board licensure exam and certification

  • Melanie Bigata Jul 8, 2021 @ 15:55

    Tama! Noon nga di naman uso ang Board Exam for teachers pero ngayon required na. Kaya di makapag proceed sa teching kasi kailangan pa ng board exam. Pagkatapos mag board exam wala pang assurance dahil may ranking pa. Pahirapan bago makakuha ng regular job.

  • Francis Jul 8, 2021 @ 16:43

    Everyone’s opinion is different but here’s mine…. professional exams shouldn’t be abolished. Board/Bar exams is a way to filter people who are “worth and ready” to face their actual profession and to serve for the people. Yes, one may have studied 4-5 (or more) years in an academe for a certain degree but the point of view of profesional exams is to test one’s intellect and applicational skills at the same time – and not all people have this type of skill. Take the President for example; he took the Bar exams, passed it, been a lawyer and now a politician who is btw, very familiar on how PH constitution and laws work. So if professional exams are abolished, i can’t even imagine a “professional” do his work filled with “accidents”.

  • Lynrose Awid Jul 8, 2021 @ 16:55

    Tama po. Hnd maka pasok sa work dahil need ng license. Dapat talaga wala na.

  • Trii Jul 8, 2021 @ 17:22

    I don’t see any problem in taking the board exam because it also help to determine how competent the nurse to do his or her job. Other countries still requiring the students to take their local board so why would we remove it. Other people will not understand but it is for the good to all of us. Mga guardian nga ng paitent nagaalangan sa mga nurse Doon sa hospital kahit alam na nya ang ginagawa nya edi mas la long di na mapakali kapal alam nilang Hindi na or wala ng board exam ang nagaalaga sa mga patient. I think it is better to atleast lessen the number of cpd for renewal of license para mas nakafocus ung nurse sa again Doon sa hospital. No need to remove the cpd kasi refresher din naman sa mga nurses yon and increase the salary and Dapat sinusunodang nurse to patient ratio. Tapos ung mga hospital dagdagan nila ung staff nila.

  • leo Jul 8, 2021 @ 20:23

    this idea can only lead students na wag magseryoso sa field na pinili nila! madaming makakampanti na students for sure! lalo na for example sa aming mga healthcare professionals, hindi pwedeng sapat lang na graduate, kase honestly when i was a college student, sapat lang na makasurvive sa kurso ko ok na ako pero alam ko nun kulang pa talaga ako sa pinili kong profession, not until mag review ako for board exam dun ko lang na intindihan halos lahat ng professional subjects ko and eventually passed.! MAHIYA NMAN TAYO SA IBANG BANSA NA NIREREQUIRE PA KAMI MAG TAKE NG LICENSURE EXAM NILA IF MAG AABROAD KAMI! TAPOS DITO BABALIWALAIIN LANG? HAHAHAHAAH It doesnt make sense !

  • leo Jul 8, 2021 @ 20:28

    this idea can only lead students na wag magseryoso sa field na pinili nila! madaming makakampanti na students for sure! and MAHIYA NMAN TAYO SA IBANG BANSA NA NIREREQUIRE PA KAMI MAG TAKE NG LICENSURE EXAM NILA IF MAG AABROAD KAMI! TAPOS DITO BABALIWALAIIN LANG? HAHAHAHAAH It doesnt make sense !

  • Anonymous Jul 9, 2021 @ 0:19

    Strongly disagree!!! Hindi dapat tanggalin ang board/bar exam. Yes given na mahirap, given na may gastos pero its a test of knowledge kasi kung deserve kaba sa practical world!!! May mga estudyante na petiks lang pero nakakapasa sa college at meron din namang halos masunog na ang kilay kakaaral ng mabuti para lang makapasa sa college, now tinggan nyo kung gaano ka-unfair yun??? Grrrrr

  • Shara Gacilo Jul 9, 2021 @ 5:06

    ayos lang magBoard Exam bakit po hindi nalang mac board/ pre board ang alisin kasi po me mga school na hindi nagbibigay ng TOR for board dahil hindi po nakapagPre-board 4years na po nag-aral sa school then after graduation aral uli for pre-Board.

  • Elsa Dimaano Jul 9, 2021 @ 12:57

    Apply that to all board exams. Hindi makapaghanap ng trabaho lalo na yong mga bagong graduates. Nadedpress na sila dahil sa stagnat na ang buhay nila dahil sa kaantay na makapasa.
    Ilang buhay na ba ang nasira dahil hindi makapasa pasa sa board exams?

    Yong performance sa work dapat ang pagbasehan. Pasado nga wala ding mahanap na trabaho. Hindi nakapasa dahil sa nerbiyos pero ang galing galing pala.

    Kayo po kaya ang magbayad sa clinical sessions to address depreasion and other pschological issues na epekto ng hindi makapasa?

    Ang taas taas ng pinagaralan wala ring makuhang trabaho. Underemployment ang resulta. That is the reality!

  • Grace Jul 9, 2021 @ 19:16

    its a very good and logical idea..it supports the real purpose and intent of school accreditations and the elevation of standards in every profession as well.

  • Rona Faith Shamie Mestidio Jul 10, 2021 @ 7:53

    I agree po sir,na tanggalin na po yung board exam marami pong gastos kagaya ng review center,food allowance,apartment during ng patatake ng exam marami naman po pumasa na mga R’N pero pag dating sa special area hinde nman po magaling basihan lg nman po ay skills and knowledge po dapat lg po talaga wise lg sa mga oras na nagtatrabaho ka kagaya po namin underboard po kami sa nursing gusto po namin tumbling kaya lg po hinde ma pasa-pasa ang exam marami na pong nagastos sa mga review center .

  • Elmar Jul 10, 2021 @ 11:58

    Thats true maraming magagaling na teachers hindi mkapagturo sa oublic because of the exam. Eh yung apat na taon na pag aaral may practice teaching ano paba hahanapin . ok lng makapasa agad eh ang ginawa lalo pang pinhirapan ang mga mahihirap na ka gaya namin kumuha ng kurso upang matugunan pangangailangan makatuling at mkapaghnap ng trabaho.

  • anonymous Jul 18, 2021 @ 21:08

    tama lang na I abolish ang board exam. pandemic ngayon at hindi na dapat pa. bigyan ng opportunity maka serbisyo at hindi I hold.

  • anonymous Jul 18, 2021 @ 21:14

    bakit sobra ang standard sa prc. pinahihirapan nila ang lahat na graduate maskin may degree na at gustong mag practice hindi na maka pag apply maka trabaho..I abolish na ang board exam para pag trabaho na… hindi ito ang time para standard na sina sabi niny0.. bakit ma control ba ninyo ang pandemic?

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