By Nicole J. Managbanag

SunStar Daily

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MARITIME and nursing courses offered in various schools in Northern Mindanao will be closed if these fail to meet the global training standards set by the government to compete globally.

The schools were given a phase-out notice last year for getting low grade in evaluation and for failing to meet the requirements based on the quality and standard assessment of the Commission of Higher Education (Ched) in Northern Mindanao.

The phase-out notice does not mean that the school will immediately remove the course but it will no longer be accepting incoming freshmen and that the students currently taking up the said courses will be allowed to graduate.

Dr. Miriam B. Fuentes, Ched-Northern Mindanao education supervisor, said the technical panel of Ched is now validating these seven schools offering maritime courses and another seven schools that offer nursing courses in the region if they have met the quality standard after the notice of phase-out was handed out last year.

The maritime courses offered at Capitol University (CU) and Southern Philippines College (SPC) in Cagayan de Oro City; Misamis Institute of Technology (MIT) and Misamis University (MU) in Ozamiz City; Lyceum of Iligan Foundation in Iligan City; and Misamis Oriental Institute of Science and Technology (MOIST) in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental might be phased out if these schools have remained employing substandard training programs.

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Fuentes pointed out that the government will be stricter in inspecting the schools offering the maritime course as “we are putting all Filipino seafarers at risk of being banned from European Union (EU) member vessels.”

She said the country, being one of the exporters of seafarers, should maintain the global training standard based on the demand of the EU, otherwise, even the best schools in the country will be affected as everybody will not be exempted from the ban if the assessment will not satisfy the EU.

Nursing courses offered in seven out of 20 schools in the region are also facing possible phase-out. These schools are Medina college and La Salle College in Ozamiz City; North Central Mindanao College, Saint Michael’s College, Iligan Capitol College and Lyceum of Iligan Foundation in Iligan City; and Blessed Mother College in Cagayan de Oro City.

Fuentes said these schools were also given a notice of phase-out when Ched noticed there were deficiencies, especially on the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) results.

She said the PRC results is a big factor that will serve as basis for the schools to check if they have quality education, citing that Filipino nurses are among the favorite profession that is on-demand abroad.

However, Fuentes explained that these schools can still appeal and prove to Ched that they can maintain global training standards to get fair evaluation.

Fuentes said some of the schools mentioned that made an appeal will be validated by the technical panel within this week.

The results will be out in two weeks, giving schools enough time to accept freshmen in the maritime and nursing courses.



Source: Sunstar