The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) proposal of 5 years in Nursing Curriculum received negative criticisms not only from the students and parents, but also to other sectors in the government.
CHED confirmed that they are in the process of reviewing the advantage and disadvantages of the said proposal. According to CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, the review of proposal will end next month and the final decision is set by the end of March this year.
Angeles believed it is “more economical” for students to take a five-year nursing course. With review sessions already integrated in the fifth year, Angeles said students no longer have to pay for expensive review sessions outside of school.
This issue came out in the news this week.
The proposal of adding another year in Nursing curriculum would give another burden to both parents and students. It’s not the answer to the claims that we need quality Nurses in the Philippines. In fact, we are consistently following the global standards and we have millions of competent Nurses working around the world like US, UK and in the Middle East. The government should focus in ensuring quality Nursing Education instead of prolonging the education years. Additional years means additional expenses specifically to parents. Practically i am not in favor of the proposal especially now we are facing global crisis.
I believe Nursing course is a good investment, but we should not look and focus at it as source of income instead a source of service to the Filipino people.