6 Davao colleges to lose Nursing program

DAVAO CITY -- Six colleges in Davao City are at risk of losing the nursing program they offer for failing to improve passing rates in Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE) for the past three years.

Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Davao Region education supervisor Maricar Casquejo said Tuesday the six nursing schools classified as non-performing schools were given an option whether to totally stop or to gradually phase out the program.

Of the six nursing schools, only four decided for the gradual phase out of the program.

Casquejo identified these four nursing schools as Holy Child School of Davao, Tecaro College Foundation Inc., STI College of Davao, and Davao Merchant Marine Academy.

These schools decided not to accept first year enrollees starting school year 2012-2013.

The Ched official refused to name the two other schools as these have not yet inform Ched of which of the two options they would choose.

It was reported earlier that 80 nursing schools nationwide are at risk of shutting down this year due to low passing rates in NLE and its failure to advance the quality of education in which the faculty and school's facilities are part.

Ched requires nursing schools to eke out at least 30 percent passing rate in nursing board.

Last year’s nursing board passing rate was a low 33.92 percent, a decrease from the December 2010 results. Before last year’s result, 2010’s passing rate was the lowest in history.

Last week, Ched Executive Director Julito Vitriolo announced that as many as 80 schools nationwide stand to lose their nursing degree programs after recording very low passing rates in the nursing board.

Aside from the 80 schools, 20 nursing schools have voluntarily phased out their programs, again because of poor performance.

There are 491 nursing schools all over the country.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has expressed concern over the low passing rate in the NLE.

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