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CHED told to monitor
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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines is urging the Commission on Higher Education to step up the monitoring of nursing schools around the country as their enrollments continue to surge this schoolyear.

TUCP said in a press statement that regulators must be extra vigilant to ensure that nursing students are kept away from substandard schools and are protected against the proliferation of so-called "diploma mills."

It cited records showing that more than 400 nursing schools in the country have 632,108 students enrolled for school year 2007-2008, up by 145,875 or 30 percent from the 486,233 enlisted last year.

There is no question that nursing schools nationwide are being overwhelmed by the big surge in enrollment, TUCP spokesperson Alex Aguilar said in the statement.

He also urged regulators to guard the integrity of the nursing eligibility examination, adding that, unless the Professional Regulation Commission and the Board of Nursing prepare adequately, they risk being overwhelmed in the months ahead by the surge in the number of graduates taking the licensure examination. A total of 78,797 fresh nursing graduates took the June 11 licensure test, he said.*

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