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PIA Press Release
2006/10/13

CA orders ‘selective retake’ of nursing board exam

Quezon City (13 October) -- THE SPECIAL Division of the Court of Appeals has ordered a “selective retake” of tests 3 and 5 of the nursing licensure exam taken last June.

In a decision released Friday, the appellate court said the retake would involve 1,687 examinees.

The court ruling was in response to a petition by advocates for a retake, led by Dante Ang, chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.


Defensor: CA decision ‘fair’

PRESIDENTIAL Chief of Staff Michael Defensor described the Court of Appeals ruling for a selective retake of the leak-tainted June nursing licensure examinations for more than a thousand nursing graduates as "fair" to all.

"I think that’s fair. For example, in Cebu, there was no evidence (of cheating) according to the report of the National Bureau of Investigation,” Defensor said.

He said the decision came just as the Department of Labor is firming up its decision on whether or not to order a retake of the nursing board exam.

In a 33-page decision penned by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso, the appellate court said 1,687 examinees should retake tests 3 and 5 of the nursing board exam, which the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) invalidated because questions to these portions had been leaked to examinees.

The decision also allowed 17,322 board passers to take their oath as nurses.

The NBI submitted its report to Malacañang on Wednesday.

Its findings showed that the leak of questions to tests 3 and 5 of the nursing board exam took place only in Metro Manila and Baguio City.

The NBI also recommended the filing of charges against 17 officials of three review centers. (PIA) [top]

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