Government Agency Exemplifies Immature Judgment & Unfair Decision-making which Others Find Laudable

I personally feel that it's somewhat idiotic to base decisions on something that's just "irregular". Something more solid and logical should be made basis.

If you guys don't want people to pass board exams, then don't give them in the first place. Or if that statement happened to stike a nerve, why not TRY TO ANSWER THE ACTUAL EXAM FIRST TO SEE IF IT'S REALLY EASY OR NOT.

Professionals? Yeah, right. Prove it to me.

PRC orders retake of parts of Civil Engineering exam

THE Professional Regulation Commission has ordered a retake in the subjects Hydraulics and Geotechnical Engineering and Structural Engineering and Construction in the November 17 and 18, 2007, civil engineer licensure examination given by the Board of Civil Engineering.

The commission nullified examination results in the two subjects after it discovered “irregularities” in the results. A total of 4,782 examinees took the licensure examination in eight test centers nationwide—Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi and Tacloban.

The commission, in a statement, said the examination results in Hydraulics and Geotechnical Engineering were “statistically improbable,” pointing to the “unusually” high grades obtained by the examinees. In Structural Engineering and Construction, the commission added, two examinees were caught in possession of mobile phones, which were confiscated by an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The mobile phones were later turned over to the commission. It said it had discovered that one of the mobile phones contained answers to 30 examination questions wherein 21 answers were found to be correct.

The commission reported the irregularities and its decision to order a retake after nullifying the results in the two subjects to Secretary Arturo Brion of the Department of Labor and Employment. The statement said Brion “lauded [its] swift and decisive action.”

The commission referred the matter to the NBI, suggesting that the bureau conduct an investigation, including the identification of the people behind the irregularities.

To afford the examinees the earliest possible opportunity to retake the examination in the two subjects without need for further review class, the commission said it will administer the test on January 12, 2008, without need to pay the examination fee. The commission added that the examinees shall no longer take the subject Mathematics, Surveying and Transportation Engineering.

Examination details on the new school where the test will be conducted and room assignment will be posted at the commission’s central and regional offices and on its website.

The examinees are required to present their notice of admission, which they used in the November 17 and 18, 2007, examination, on the day of the retake.

Last year, the Professional Regulatory Commission also discovered irregularities in the licensure examination for nurses. Examinees retook parts of the test early this year.
--The Manila Times


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