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Nothing Wrong With Civil Engineering Exams Given in Mideast, Says PRC
The Professional Regulation Commission insisted on Friday that the licensure examination for civil engineers that was administered in the Middle East last December in which only one of the 151 takers passed was fair and responsive to current trends.
The PRC was responding to a complaint Qatar chapter of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), which charged that the number of questions in the examinations given Dec. 9-11, 2011 in different places in the Middle East had been unreasonably and unfairly increased from the standard 30 to 100.
The group questioned why the PRC gave last November a 30-item test per subject to takers in the Philippines while making unannounced adjustments on the Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations to overseas Filipino workers.
“Technically, it is not completely correct to say there was an increase [in questions],” PRC spokesman Louis Valera told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “It is within the discretion of the PRC board to give 100-item questionnaires because it is in the table of specifications.”
He cited a provision in the commission’s Resolution 2 Series of 1995, which pertains to the promulgation of the syllabi for the subjects in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examinations that states: “The board shall provide a minimum of 500 questions for each subject from which the computer of the commission will select at random on the day or a few days prior to the examinations the questions to be given. The number of questions for each subject shall not be less than 20 at 4 points each. The maximum number of questions shall not be more than 100 at 1 point each.”
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