THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has closed down 218 out of the 491 nursing schools and programs nationwide because of their consistent poor performance in the licensure examinations administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
However, CHED’s executive director Julito Vitriolo declined to identify the names of the schools since 77 of these institutions have appealed their cases.
In line with the crackdown on substandard higher education institutions (HEIs), CHED is also monitoring the performance of HEIs in Marine Engineering, as 51 out of 91 HEIs have been ordered to close down. Meanwhile, 44 out of 91 HEIs that offer Marine Transportation were likewise told to stop operating.
According to Vitriolo, these schools failed to meet government regulations on the quality of their faculty and facilities. He added that some schools offer courses which seem to be popular among students, or those which require a minimal investment, thereby compromising the quality of education.
CHED is also monitoring the performance of HEIs that offer Criminology, Teacher Education, Information Technology, Business Administration, and Hotel and Restaurant Management. Due to the large number of schools offering these courses, these programs will no longer be offered in newly established institutions.
Students who wish to inquire about the status of schools they have enrolled in may call the CHED hotline 441-1228.