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.
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