Government cannot impose ceiling on nursing enrolment according to CHED

By Rainier Allan Ronda
Philippine Star

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is reviewing proposals to set a ceiling on the excess number of nursing students.

CHED acting chairman Emmanuel Angeles III said there had been numerous proposals seeking to limit enrollment of nursing students due to the increasing number of unemployed nurses in the country.

“We will have to evaluate all of (these) first,” Angeles said. “There’s a lot of problems in the nursing (industry).“

Angeles said the CHED is currently reviewing the implementation of Memorandum Order 5 that seeks a moratorium for the opening of new nursing schools.

The same order issued earlier this year sets a new nursing curriculum that distributed basic courses and major courses in a five-year nursing school curriculum.

The new curriculum, which came under fire from nursing school officials, added a few subjects and practicum hours for nursing students.

There were concerns that the new nursing curriculum will only add further financial and physical burden to the students and their parents.

Angeles said he would need time to study all the concerns since he was just new in the job.

“This is only my fourth day of office. I need to meet the commissioners en banc next week. Give us enough time to make a study,” Angeles said.

Angeles was named to the CHED top post to replace former acting CHED chairman Romulo Neri who was appointed to the Social Security System last Aug. 29.

Angeles took his oath of office on Sept. 1 but went on a long leave two days later for a personal trip to the United States. He reported back to work last Monday.


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