09 August 2006

The Leakage Problem

You can read the full report here.

The title of the news item is expected, but most people here find it alarming. My opinion is that this should be resolved quickly. The longer this controversy takes, the worse it will be for everyone. Enough debates already! If the integrity of an examination has been questioned and cheating is suspected, have all the examinees take the whole exam again at a specified date. Establish a new and trusted board of examiners, come up with new set of questions, and give the exam.

Unsolicited tip: have some proctors roam the washrooms during breaks as this is the frequent place where "kodigos" are exchanged between students who always want the easy way out of everything.

Another solution I can think of is to catch these cheaters, and blacklist them from taking any more exams until they learn their lesson.

Enough of the search for "easy-way-outs." There is no easy way out in this case.

While it is both unfortunate and sad that the majority of the nursing examinees have to suffer for the iniquities of a few immature, irresponsible miscreants, having them all take the exam again will provide a temporary solution to this problem. Meanwhile, we have to live with another setback, another bad opinion thrown at us as a whole nation.

The miscreants thought that cheating will make them pass the boards. They still do not know what a famous American writer once said: "Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. "

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7 reactions:

bingskee said...

'til now, students who dont care about consequences drag the majority who'd shed blood and tears to pass. so uncaring... and even if they're only a minority (not really sure about this), this is really sad. my daughter always has to say that one should not take nursing for the sake of money. this is because of that mentality that there is money in nursing, so one should pass 'whatever it takes'.

may said...

if i am one of those who passed because i shed blood and sweat and tears studying so i pass the exam with my integrity intact, i will hate the government beyond anything i have hated if they will ask me to retake the test because some dishonest few were being selfsih.

this makes my blood boil. sorry.

ipanema said...

It's sad that it happened when the country is enjoying a good reputation on the quality of nurses for international market. But it's even more sad if employers will look for other sources in this field. It looks gloomy far ahead.

I think a re-sit will be the most sensible thing to do at the moment. Firstly to re-establish a certain credibility/trust (though tainted) to those deserving and to those who exerted much effort in obtaining an honest passing mark.

Let me add another unsolicited tip: install hidden cameras in washrooms.

(sorry for late reply, word verification didn't show)

rolly said...

Haven't they caught the guys who leaked out the questions? They should be prosecuted and sent to jail. The poor nurses who passed through honest means will have to take the exams again which would mean shelling out valuable cash. Pano na yung mga nangutang lang?

This is not to mention that the nursing profession has been tainted abroad.

Ang laki nilang perhuwisyo para lang sa konting halaga.

Sidney said...

When I consider life, it is all a cheat.
-John Dryden-

Dr. Emer said...

BING: I admire your daughter's idealism.

MAY: It's really infuriating.

IPANEMA: Hidden cameras... But I think they should've thought about this a long time ago. It is not the first time 'cheating' has occurred. Someone's condoning it? Hahaha! 'Perish the thought.

ROLLY: Now that is amusing, Tito. Since when did cheating become a crime here? The biggest cheats still roam free.

SIDNEY: Amen. :)

ipanema said...

lol doc! Then it's safe to say that they've been tainted all the while. Unfortunately, someone was caught red-handed this time huh.