CHED reiterates five-year nursing course still under study

Posted at 01/30/2009 2:41 AM | Updated as of 01/30/2009 2:42 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY- Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Emmanuel Angeles arrived in Zamboanga City Thursday for a country-wide consultation to discuss the proposal to add one more year for nursing courses in college as well as other matters concerning college education.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Zamboanga, Angeles said the concerns of parents and the capabilities of schools on this matter will be discussed.

Angeles was in Ateneo de Zamboanga University and convened a regional executive meeting with all colleges and universities for Zamboanga Peninsula to stress that vast consultations are still going on. He said it is not yet final that the five-year nursing course will be implemented this school opening.

“It is actually not a burden if some parents may look at it that way. On our part we just wanted to assure that the students we produce had the best education. Nursing is not going to be the only course that is going to be a five year course,” Angeles said. The CHED chairman also said the 10-year basic education is not enough for students.

Angeles said however that despite the proposal, they also wanted to make sure that every sector, to include parents and schools were, consulted properly on the matter.

“We should be ready for it when it is implemented. But if there are oppositions and suggestions we will also take note of that,” Angeles said.

Angeles will be visiting 17 provinces including ARMM.

The CHED chairman’s statement comes as residents, especially parents, in the city expressed opposition to the proposal.

Nung Ajihil is one of those Zamboanga City residents. He has three children who have already finished nursing and are now working abroad. He vehemently opposed the suggestion to extend the course to five years.

He said it was hard enough for him to send his three kids to school in college. Extending the nursing course to another year will only give additional burdens, not only for him but for other parents, he said.

“Prolonged college education does not guarantee better education for students. I suggest that CHED must look at the quality of education and teachers of colleges and universities to determine the kind of nursing graduates they produce. Instead of prolonging the studies, they should concentrate on improving the system they impose on the schools that offer nursing courses. There should be regulations implemented on schools, standards they must follow to assure that what they are offering guarantees better nursing education,” Ajihil pointed out.