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Provincial schools must upgrade to keep up with Manila schools - CHED

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Dagupan City (22 March) -- The Commission on Higher Education has urged schools, colleges and universities in Pangasinan to upgrade their programs, facilities and faculty to discourage students in the province to go to Manila to study.

CHED Chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles said he is happy to note in his overall assessment that schools in Pangasinan are now being upgraded. "It's good we can upgrade schools in Pangasinan or Dagupan so students will not have to go to Manila. It's expensive to study there. I encourage, inspire and give support to colleges and universities to upgrade their standards. We are starting to achieve that level of excellence. Many schools here are striving to be centers of excellence in the different professional courses," he said.

Angeles said there will be many changes in the commission this coming school year to include change in curriculum and increase in tuition fees.

"The curriculum is being reviewed for possible changes and updating to conform with the national standards. Some schools will increase their fees especially in private schools to improve salaries of faculty," he said.

Angeles bared that tuition fees increases are alright as long as the schools follow the process strictly because there is a law that regulate the increase of tuition fees. Of the increase, 70 percent goes to the salary increase of faculty and personnel. The amount of increase is subject to the approval of the committee, council, alumni, parents, administration faculty, student body and other groups. It is only when the groups come to a consensus that the school will be able to implement the increase of tuition fees, he explained.

Asked to comment on the very low number of board passers in the recent nursing board exams, he said studies about the performance of nursing schools in the country will soon be released.

"After the elections, we will complete our studies and we will publish the performance of nursing schools and the performance of universities and colleges in teachers' exams, engineering, architecture, accountancy and maritime engineering so the public, the students will know the standing of the schools so they could choose a better school for themselves," he said.

The Professional Regulatory Commission will publish the results of performance of schools in government licensure exams.

"The Supreme Court published the result of bar exam for the last ten years. What I did was order the closure of 11 law schools which did not have even one examinee who passed during the last ten years in the bar exam. Imagine, for the last ten years, zero passers sila," Angeles said.

Angeles was in Dagupan City Saturday as the commencement speaker of thePangasinan State University's graduating class for 2010. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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