5-yr Curriculum: ill-timed, Useless

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:37:00 02/20/2009

I agree with the Professional Regulation Commission: Immediate implementation of the proposed five-year curriculum in the nursing and education courses would be ill-timed. The world is in an economic recession and companies are laying workers off.

Yes, I agree that nursing and education students should get more training “out in the field,” so to speak, but I also believe that equal emphasis should be given to improving the quality of education that students get inside the classroom — something which past and current education officials have overlooked. No matter how many years are added to schooling, if the quality of education is poor, the students will not really learn anything.

Besides, there is no assurance that adding another year to the present curriculum will raise the passing rates of colleges whose graduates would be taking the board examinations. Take for example the summer subjects added to the present nursing curriculum. They didn’t improve at all the passing rates of the schools.

Ironically, most nursing students from low-quality schools pass the board examinations only if they enroll in review classes where they are reportedly given lessons not taught in nursing colleges. What does this say about our education system?

OLIVER JR. TUICO (via email)

source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view/20090220-189965/5-yr-curriculum-ill-timed-useless


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