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Moratorium on new nursing, teaching courses–CHEd

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Higher Education has imposed a moratorium on the opening of new programs in business administration, nursing, teacher education, hotel and restaurant management, and information technology education, effective school year 2011-2012, it was learned Tuesday.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the decision contained in CHEd Memorandum Order (CMO) 32, Series of 2010, issued on 30 September 2010 is part of the government’s efforts to shift focus to college courses that will land graduates in gainful employment.

“The moratorium, I believe, is a decisive action on the part of the CHEd to mitigate potential oversupply of graduates in certain disciplines, and in the process, to encourage incoming students to opt for courses that offer the best chances of employment after graduation,” Baldoz said.

In imposing the moratorium, the CHEd cited the proliferation of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, nursing, teacher education, hotel and restaurant management, which, it said, “if allowed to continue unabated, would result in the deterioration of the quality of graduates.”

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