Ched tells MCC to stop offering courses

MEMBERS of the Board of Nursing in Manila will visit the Mandaue City College (MCC) next month to evaluate the school’s nursing program.

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) 7 has ordered the school to stop offering its nursing, hotel and restaurant management and engineering courses this school year if it cannot comply with requirements.

MCC’s Dr. Elmer Ripalda said the situation in the school is abnormal, as Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has ordered their Ibabao campus padlocked last April 18.

But the MCC is still offering nursing and hotel and restaurant management courses, he said, adding that they will comply with Ched requirements before yearend. He added that they phased out engineering years back.

Return equipment

He said they are also asking the mayor to return their equipment after City Hall conducts its inventory on items at the Ibabao campus so they can submit to Ched’s inspection.

Ripalda admitted that the school earned millions in 2007, but they also spent millions on salaries and to buy office and school supplies. He showed up at Sun.Star Cebu yesterday with a letter from Ched, another letter from the Professional Regulation Commission and the school’s financial statement.

More for salaries

The school’s financial statement from April 2006 to May 2007 showed that the MCC earned P7,445,387. But it also spent P6,822,610, leaving only some P622,000 in net income. Of their expenses, salaries accounted for the bulk, at P6.202 million. The other expenses covered seminars, office and school supplies, transportation and traveling expenses, repairs and maintenance, light and water insurance and representation.

Ripalda said the net income financed MCC’s operations from June 2007 up to the present.

But with a drop in the number of students because of the school’s situation, Ripalda said their earnings have also decreased. This is why some personnel have yet to receive their regular pay. Since the mayor ordered the Ibabao campus padlocked, MCC has been holding its classes at the Eversley Childs Sanitarium in Barangay Jagobiao.

Ched letter

In a letter last May 9, Ched 7 Director Enrique Grecia told the MCC’s Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete: “You are enjoined not to continue offering the cited programs if they have not been found to have complied with the existing policies and standards.”

Grecia’s letter followed the MCC’s objection to the scheduled Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) inspection last May 7. Cañete believed that the school was not ready for it.

Ripalda said their medical equipment remain in the mini-hospital inside the Ibabao campus, which is padlocked, and that’s why they objected to the inspection. He added that their mini-hotel and restaurant facility inside Central School has also been affected by the mayor’s move.

Ripalda said they requested Ched to extend its inspection period until December so the school can prepare and retrieve its equipment after the inventory.

The RQAT inspection is meant to check if a program complies with government policies and standards. Once the program passes the inspection team’s scrutiny, Ched accredits it.

Carmencita Abaquin, nursing board chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission, also informed Cañete, through a letter last May 16, of their scheduled visit to MCC to evaluate the nursing program.

Ripalda said the school would be ready by that time.(SunStarCebu)

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