Thursday, June 13, 2013


There are about 450 outfits offering nursing degrees in the Philippines, so this is an interesting news story:
Attention nursing students and parents of nurse aspirants, check with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) if your school is accredited while there is still time to transfer and/or refund your tuition. This after the CHED ordered the closure of 218 nursing schools nationwide for sub-standard education.*

According to the CHED, these nursing schools are being closed for having consistently done poorly in nurse licensure examinations conducted by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) biannually.

The list of nursing schools up for closure has not been released yet because some have appealed the CHED's decision. When these are resolved, the full list will be made public.

For now, nursing students and their parents can contact the CHED directly at telephone no. 441-1228 to check if their school is in the list.
The education system there has a large component that exists solely to export people. And I gather there are lots of reasons to leave. So welcome, poorly qualified friends!

*Goes in the "believe it when you see it" file.


mikey said...

I've always been fascinated by the apparent national specialization that seems to produce workers for American service jobs in vast numbers. Philippine nurses, Afghan/Pakistani dental assistants, Cambodian assembly workers, Mexican Landscapers.

Who decides what each nation is going to produce, and how do they decide?

Substance McGravitas said...

It's a whole bunch of little factors. It's pretty obvious, though, that some countries are perfectly aware that they're producing workers for export.

Smut Clyde said...

We have the highly trained sheep-shaggers, all that is lacking is the appropriate American industry.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We've got a nation of sheep here, S.C.

And they're always eager for a fresh shagging.

M. Bouffant said...

bunch of little factors
Sometimes it's just what business/trade the first successful person in the community is in.

The L.A. Times is all over it:
New immigrant groups often follow one another into a single visible industry or line of work. Chinese laundries and Greek diners were paths to wider success for earlier arrivals. In Los Angeles today, get into a taxi and the driver is likely to be a Russian immigrant. In California, for Cambodians, it's doughnuts.


Ultimately, the man responsible for all this is Ted Ngoy, a California doughnut visionary almost on a par with Verne Winchell. A Cambodian of Chinese heritage (like Tao and Chau), Ngoy was ambassador to Thailand under the Cambodian government of Lon Nol, so he was lucky enough to be out of the country when Pol Pot and his followers began the wholesale slaughter of their own people.

Under the circumstances, Ngoy decided not to go home. Instead, he brought his nephew, Bun Tao, to California and went to work as manager of a Winchell's doughnut outlet in Newport Beach.

In 1977, Ngoy got his own shop in La Habra, in which he set the pattern for the many Cambodians who would follow him into the business. The store was a family operation. Tao, in fact, baked doughnuts there every day. A year later he opened a place of his own. The Cambodian doughnut explosion had begun.

Sad ending:
Ted Ngoy made a fortune in doughnuts. Over the years, he led thousands of his countrymen into the business. Through doughnuts, many Cambodians stepped out of isolation and into the American mainstream. And a new figure emerged on the California business landscape: the Cambodian doughnut-shop owner.

Today, at 62, the doughnut king is broke, homeless and dependent on the goodwill of his few remaining friends.

"He lost all the doughnuts," said James Dok, director of the United Cambodian Community, a social service agency in Long Beach. "He has to start a new life."

Substance McGravitas said...