By Carlos H. Conde International Herald Tribune
MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006-->Published: August 21, 2006
After disclosures that questions for the Philippines' nursing board examinations in June were leaked to hundreds of applicants, officials and industry experts warn that the country's status as one of the top sources in the world for nurses could be threatened.
The Philippines' Professional Regulation Commission has confirmed that questions in the board exams taken by more than 42,000 nursing graduates in June were provided in advance to hundreds of people.
The initial charges were made by students who said that the president of the Philippine Nurses Association had given the exam questions to students who had taken his coaching classes.
The president, George Cordero, has denied the charges and has resigned. He refused requests for an interview.
Nursing groups have asked the commission to compel the students to retake the exam, in part to repair the "tainted credibility of Filipino nurses here and abroad," according to one of the groups.
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