PRC eyes online board exam in 2021 amid COVID-19

    MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) is planning to conduct online board exams next year amid the threat of the COVID-19.

    PRC eyes online board exam in 2021 amid COVID-19

    "We are looking at more technology-based examination. We are preparing for that," PRC Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said during the Senate hearing on 2021 national budget of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

    The PRC is an attached agency of DOLE.

    “We might be able to start with the smaller boards, which will be more manageable,” Pilando added.

    Last July, Pilando initially revealed plans of computer-based board exams.

    "Unfortunately, that is not yet available for this year," he clarified when asked about the recommendation on how to proceed with the licensure exams for the remainder of the year.

    Exam results portal PRC Board News ran a survey asking which mode of board exam takers prefer amid the pandemic: traditional (face-to-face) or computer-based (online). Sixty-six percent or 3 out of 4 respondents are in favor of the current setup. Netizens pointed out of possible cheating and loopholes of the latter option.

    Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which mode of PRC board exam do you prefer?
    Posted by PRC Board News on Saturday, July 18, 2020

    PRC decided to postpone a number of board exams this year due to rise of COVID-19 cases.

    Meanwhile, exams for Physicians pushed through due to urgent need of medical community. A total of 800 out of 1,424 passed the exams, the agency announced early Friday. The second batch of physician licensure exam (PLE) is set in November this year.

    The postponed exams will be rescheduled in 2021, the PRC said.

    — The Summit Express
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