AT least 218 nursing schools are being monitored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) because of their poor performance in the licensure exams administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
Julito Vitriolo, CHEd Executive Director on Thursday said the performance of these nursing schools are being evaluated.
“Those who have 30 percent and below passing rate in the licensure exams for the past three years would be recommended for automatic phase-out,” he said.
The CHED official, however, declined to identify these schools or their location.
Aside from their poor performance in licensure exams, these schools also failed to meet government standards in terms of the quality of their faculty and facilities.
Nursing is one of the five oversubscribed degree programs in the country today.
CHED is also monitoring the performance of higher education institutions in the following academic programs which have been placed under moratorium: Criminology, Teacher Education, Information Technology, Business Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Earlier, the agency also ordered the closure of 51 Marine Engineering and 41 Marine Transportation degree programs.
But the commission admitted that its drive against erring schools is sometimes stalled by court cases filed by the management of these institutions seeking to stop their closure.