Cebu university unfazed by CHED order to close Nursing program

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

CEBU CITY, June 1 – Officials of Southwestern University (SWU) in Cebu City, which was among the four schools in the city ordered by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to close their Nursing programs, said they will send a “strong” letter to the commission to present their side of the issue.

”One thing that is obvious right now…the report coincides with the enrollment period, so the timing is considered as bad timing,” said Jose Tiglao, SWU vice president for administration.

Elsa Suralta, SWU president, said the report, has not, however, affected the number of enrollees in their college of Nursing.

”As of the present, we are expecting only to open two or three sections for first year but now we have five sections, going six. It might be that the news has brought us some positive effects,” she said in a news conference.

But Tiglao said they still have to be cautious about the repercussions of the report.

Dr. Jose “Dodong” Gullas, owner of the University of the Visayas (UV), said the report had a negative impact on his school, especially with students enrolling for the upcoming school year.

But CHED officials have apologized to UV for including it in the list of Nursing programs that will be closed after UV officials explained that their passing percentage is higher than the national average.

Other Cebu schools included in the list of those ordered to close their nursing courses aside from SWU and UV were the Benedicto College in Mandaue City and Saint Paul College Foundation.

A total of 147 public and private schools were ordered by CHED to close their nursing courses after their graduates failed to beat the national passing percentage of 46.14 percent in the Nursing board exams for the past five years.

According to Suralta, the difference in the average passing percentage of SWU’s college of nursing and the national passing percentage form 2004 to 2008 was only 1.22 percent, which they said is a “very miniscule difference.”

She said the average passing percentage of their first-time takers over the same period was 56.71 percent, which was above the national average of only 46.14 percent.

”We will be sending a strong letter to CHED not to challenge their own opinion but present our side very strongly against the bad news that we are having now,” said Suralta.

She noted SWU has produced 33 board topnotchers and over 8,000 registered nurses in the past six decades its college of nursing has been opened.

”We would like to assure our parents, the stakeholders, that we are doing everything under the sun to make sure we can provide quality future professional nurses,’ she said. (PNA) LAP/EB/ad

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