AT least 218 nursing schools throughout the country are being closely watched by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) because of their poor performance in the licensure exams.
Julito Vitriolo, CHEd executive director, on Thursday said the performance of the 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,” Vitriolo said.
He declined to identify the schools or the areas where they are located.
Aside from poor performance in the licensure exams, these schools also failed to meet government standards in terms of the quality of their faculty and facilities.
The number of nursing schools has continued to increase, despite a moratorium ordered by CHEd, from 125 in 1989 to 491 today.
Nursing is one of the five oversubscribed degree programs in the country.
CHED is also monitoring higher education institutions offering courses in Criminology, Teacher Education, Information Technology, Business Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management, all of which are also oversubscribed.
Earlier, the CHED ordered the closure of 51 Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and 41 Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation degree programs due to the same problem encountered by the nursing schools.
The Commission has admitted that their drive against erring schools is sometimes stalled by court cases filed by the schools’ administration.
NEIL A. ALCOBER