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CHED Disapproves Ceiling Proposal for Nursing Students Enrollees to Curb Oversupply

September 20, 2008 · Filed Under In the news, Insights · Comment 

COMMISSION on Higher Education (Ched) chairman Emmanuel Angeles denounced proposals imposing a ceiling on the number of college students that would like to take up nursing in an effort to put a halt on the oversupply of nurses in the Philippines.

CHED cited the that setting a limit to the number of enrollees to be accepted in the nursing schools all over the country will mean a violation of the basic human right to choose the education the students want to pursue.

About 470 nursing schools proliferate in the country with an annual enrolment of nearly 100,000. Only a handful of these schools are considered excellent by CHED with an annual passing rate of 90 percent.  Last year, 64.909 nursing hopefuls took the board and eventually 31,000 of them passed.

CHED said that the only way they can limit the oversupply is to limit the nursing schools providing nursing courses.  The most valid basis of barring a school from conducting nursing courses are lack of proper facility and incompetence of faculty members. However, we are yet to see these control measures being implemented in the school system.

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