Following labor secretary Silvestre Bello’s statement on doing away with licensure exams for certain jobs, the Philippine Nurses Association voiced their opposition.
PNA president Melbert Reyes said that while they respect his opinion, abolishing board exams may compromise the quality of health professionals who may need more requirements to work abroad without it, citing the Asian Qualification Framework.
He added that board exams is also another measure to ensure a health professional’s competence as it is lives they are dealing with.
Bello previously said that four years of education and a diploma was enough to enable professionals to practice in their chosen career. He said that the proposal was in consideration of nursing graduates who cannot afford to retake the exam if they fail the first time.
The idea, he said, came to him after the nursing licensure test, which took place last Friday and Saturday in Metro Manila and other regional offices.