83 Nursing Schools Closed

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MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 83 schools, colleges, and universities will no longer be allowed to offer nursing programs starting June, 2013, after they were ordered closed for failure to comply with the standards set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), officials said yesterday.

CHEd National Capital Region (NCR) Director Catherine Castaneda told Manila Bulletin that the non-compliant schools have already been advised by the Commission to voluntarily "phase out" the Nursing programs that they offer for not meeting the standards set by CHED.

"The schools already know since the closure orders have been given to them already. This means that starting June this year, they can no longer offer the program and they cannot accept new enrollees," Castaneda explained.

She said "more than half" of the non-compliant schools expressed their intention to voluntarily "phase out" their nursing courses or programs. "In fairness sa kanila, nag-volunteer na sila to close their programs kasi lugi na and also hindi maganda ang performance sa board exams," she said. "So instead of being publicized for offering substandard program, they opted to voluntarily close this specific program so the other programs that they offer would not be affected," she added.

CHEd said that in NCR alone, a total of seven schools have "voluntarily phased out" their nursing programs. Among the reasons cited by these schools in voluntarily phasing out their programs are "poor enrollment" and "they can no longer support the operations" of the program.

Castaneda said technical panels took time "to carefully review the records of all schools offering nursing programs. …