MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino on Thursday said the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will continue to monitor the performance of nursing schools and the quality of their programs.
In a speech during the 18th founding anniversary of CHED, the President noted that more than 80 nursing schools had a low passing rate of 30% or below in licensure examinations from 2000 to 2010.
CHED has since closed down a number of nursing schools for offering substandard programs.
"Nasa Kongreso pa lang po tayo, kapansin-pansin na ang pagsulpot ng mga nursing schools pero tila wala naman ditong napupulot na dunong ang mga estudyante. Namimirata sila ng mga guro mula sa mas kilalang paaralan, pero dahil nga puro tsamba naman ang kanilang sistema, hindi naman makapasa sa licensure exams ang kanilang graduates. Para bang ginagatasan lamang nila ng matrikula ang mga magulang na nagkakandahirap magtrabaho. Mantakin po ninyo, mahigit walumpung paaralan ang may 30% o mas mababa pang passing rate sa nursing licensure exam mula noong 2000 hanggang 2010," Aquino said.
"Para proteksyunan ang mga estudyante at mga magulang sa ganitong kalakaran, inatasan natin ang CHED na tutukan at bantayan ang mga paaralang may mababang passing rate sa nursing licensure exam at may mapupurol na programa."
The President witnessed the signing of the Covenant on Philippine Public Higher Education wherein the presidents of 110 state universities and colleges of the Philippines promised, among others, to improve the quality and standards of education and maximize the generation of their resources.
Also witnessing the signing were CHED chair Patricia Licuanan, Senate committee chair on education Edgardo Angara, and House committee chair on higher and technical education Sonny Angara.
Aquino said that the government is also addressing job mismatch to ensure that graduates can easily find jobs.
"Nagtutulungan na rin po ang DOLE, TESDA, CHED at DepEd, upang siguruhing ang mga bakanteng trabaho ay pupunan ng mga graduate na may sapat na pagsasanay. Bago pa pumasok sa kolehiyo, tinutukoy na ang mga industriyang mangangailangan ng manggagawa, upang umangkop ang kaalaman ng mga graduate na papasok sa ating labor force," he said.
Saying that having a good education is key to a successful future, President Aquino stressed his administration has increased the budget for basic education and state colleges and universities.
He said for basic education the budget rose to P238.8 billion in 2012 from 207.3 billion in 2011.
State-owned universities and colleges, meanwhile, are getting an additional P4.2 billion in 2012.
The government is also set to implement the "K to 12" program this school year.