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Offline Johnnie F.

Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« on: February 07, 2010, 07:57:56 AM »
Faculty to be closed if operating for gain

Nakhon Ratchasima College's Faculty of Nursing would be immediately shut down if it were found to be operating without approval for commercial gain, Education Minister Chinnavorn Boonyakiat said yesterday. The panel led by Sumet Yaemnoon, secretary-general of the Higher Education Commission, should complete its investigation into the nursing programme's credibility and potential in 15 days, he said.

Officials have already been instructed to assist the students by finding accredited nursing schools for them to transfer to and allowing the college's graduates to take the examinations for nursing licences.

More than 40 nursing students recently filed fraud charges with police against college president Saran Intakul for allegedly continuing to enrol students until last year even though the curriculum had not been endorsed by the Thailand Nursing Council since 2008.

A source said that according to the council's information as of January 8, four other colleges had nursing programmes approved by the council only for the first year, not the following years, just like Nakhon Ratchasima College, but they all stopped admitting students.

Nakhon Ratchasima College reportedly accepted 64 students in the 2008 academic year.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010, 12:43:39 PM »
It appears the curriculum had been endorsed by the Thailand Nursing Council until 2008. I wonder what went wrong in 2008. If the curriculum had to be changed to continue to be accredited, why didn't they change it?
 

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010, 10:15:19 PM »
There is a (...) Englishman who is a teacher there.  i wonder if he will be able to keep his job there.  If the school closes, what will be the fate of the teachers?

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 01:25:16 AM »
There are always jobs for teaching English in Thailand, although I doubt many jobs can be better than teaching young Thai nurses :)
 

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 11:19:36 AM »
EDUCATION

Families slam 'college debt'

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : The families of students at Nakhon Ratchasima College say they are deep in debt after paying fees to the school which is now at risk of being shuttered.

The college is one of five tertiary institutes, including a university, which failed a recent education standard assessment by the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment.

For graduates of the college's nursing faculty, this means they will not receive a professional certificate from the Thailand Nursing Council.

Third- and fourth-year students have filed a police complaint against the college chancellor and demanded that the college transfer them to other government-approved institutes.

Somsri Sornjingreed, 44, mother of Suparat Sornjingreed, a third-year nursing student, said she owed 450,000 baht after mortgaging 10 rai of family land and borrowing money from the Student Loan Fund to send her daughter to the college. The college has ruined the family's dream to see Ms Suparat graduate, the distraught mother said. She had hoped her daughter would be able to get a steady job and be the family breadwinner.

Ms Suparat said the Education Ministry must step in and solve the problem.

The college faces the prospect of being closed if it cannot convince appraisers that it has taken steps to improve its education standards.

Natthaya Srirapat, who graduated from the college last year, is working as an assistant nurse at a state hospital in the province. She told the Post she would lose her job if she did not have a professional certification by March 1.

The college has said it would find a solution to the problem by Feb 15.

Meanwhile, police said they were considering filing fraud charges against the Nakhon Ratchasima College executives.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 10:09:06 AM »
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Nurse grads demand help from govt

Graduates from Nakhon Ratchasima College's Nursing Faculty are reportedly being pressured to resign from hospitals where they work as the college faces the possibility of being shut down due to substandard teaching.

The former students, some of whom are employed as assistant nurses on yearly contracts, said yesterday the hospitals were asking them to prepare resignation letters because they lack official nursing certificates.

Because the college has failed to meet government standards, graduates cannot apply for professional certification from the Thailand Nursing Council (TNC). Without the certification, their contracts are unlikely to be renewed.

Kanoknart Chanthavorn, a third-year student of the nursing faculty, said friends were being pressured by the hospitals where they work to tender resignation letters.

She said the TNC demanded that nursing graduates sit its exam before being awarded the certificates. In order to sit the exam, graduates must come from institutes which pass the council's assessments for at least four consecutive years.

According to Ms Kanoknart, the college passed the assessment in 2005 and 2006. After that, the college failed to meet several requirements, including the number of lecturers employed and the amount of books in the library. Nakhon Ratchasima College opened in 2005.

The students want the Education Ministry to help them continue their studies at other institutes that have been accredited by the council.

The college has promised to help the nursing students, but "no action has been taken so far to boost the students' confidence", Ms Kanoknart said.

Deputy Education Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat said the ministry had begun the process of transferring affected students. Students would be able to transfer most, if not all, of their study credits, he added.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said 29 certified nursing colleges under his ministry would be asked to take in the students.

Mr Chaiwuti said the college might face both civil and criminal action for deceiving the students. He said the college would be barred from admitting new students if it failed to shape up.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010, 09:12:44 AM »
Troubled nursing school agrees to shut

Nakhon Ratchasima College has agreed to close its nursing faculty after education authorities found its teaching was substandard.

The decision followed talks on Tuesday between executives of the private college and the Thailand Nursing Council, Deputy Education Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat said yesterday.

The college has promised to cover the cost of transferring study credits for its nursing students who want to study at other institutes.

Students say they are unable to apply for a professional certificate now that the teaching at the college has been found to fall below the required standard.

The Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) had received complaints about substandard teaching at three or four other educational institutes and was keeping an eye on them, Mr Chaiwuti said.

The institutes have been accused of opening courses which fail standard assessments by the OHEC and of employing teachers whose fields of study do not correspond with the courses they are teaching.

Mr Chaiwuti said the Education Ministry was working with the Public Health Ministry to help nursing students from Nakhon Ratchasima College find new places to study.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 07:20:06 PM »
Like the certification would even mean anything in the first lace.  ::)
 

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2010, 12:32:18 PM »
They'll just close the nursing faculty as mentioned, sweep it all under the carpet, pay the bribes and get back to business. There are also Public Health/Medical Tech/Computer Arts etc faculties there also and as a private college then it's all about making baht. It'll be back to normal service shortly, I reckon.

As an aside, doubt it had anything to do with their English skills, probably be the Thais teaching them how use a stethoscope that will get the flak over it. English is just a token gesture at these places, have to study two hours a week to pass their degree in Public Health, as if it matters, just lip service. Farang teachers are there simply to make the place look good, sweet FA to do with education.
 

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010, 04:45:56 PM »
Ministry to look into unapproved nursing curriculum

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit will next Monday ask the Thailand Nursing Council to give more details about the nonapproved nursing and midwifery curriculum being used in eight private universities and colleges.

The ministry's executives will discuss this issue during the next weekly meeting which is held every Monday, Jurin said.

The council, however, said the curriculum in question was being revised.

The council also said there would not be a repeat of the Nakhon Ratchasima College incident, under which more than 40 nursing students filed fraud charges against college president Saran Intakul. In the lawsuit, Saran was accused of allegedly continuing to enrol students until last year even though the Thailand Nursing Council had not endorsed the curriculum since 2008.

"The council will look into the intentions of the owners of the private educational institutes and their capacity to revise the curriculum so it passes the council's standards," the council's secretarygeneral Sujin Wijittrakan said.

She added that all eight institutes had submitted documents to revise the curriculum.

Moreover, the council has also sent a subcommittee to conduct an indepth study on the quality of the curriculum at the colleges and universities in question.

"They cannot cheat us," Sujin said, adding that the nursing and midwifery curriculum needs to also comply with the Office of the Higher Education Commission's standard.

The Public Health Ministry's deputy permanentsecretary Dr Tanongsan Suthatham said the ministry wanted the Thailand Nursing Council to explain how an unapproved curriculum could be used.

He said the ministry would instruct its provincial health officials to oversee the problem.

Since 2005, some private nursing and midwifery colleges have refused to improve their curriculum to meet the standards and yet they have kept enrolling students.

Meanwhile, Tanongsan said, the Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development's nursing colleges is refusing to enrol students from the eight private educational institutions.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2010, 06:19:09 PM »
That's interesting, the content of the last post by JF, if you read the text then the message has very slightly changed, less venom in it from the government, as if the goal posts have slightly moved towards giving them (NMC and others 'on the list') a way out.

Notice the softer, more vague language, not singling out the college too much and implying there are 7/8 others that "need to improve/ratify their curriculums" etc. I think they are being given a way out by the powers that be, in the language that is being used there. Look at the difference from the first few news reports earlier in the thread, noticably more lax from the government in the last report.

They have been read the riot act and lost the face regarding the issue already, government gained the face by showing that they are watching and doing their jobs, but they are giving them a way out/olive branch so that it can all continue. They are basically being told to "Up their game" and it's business as usual or we investigate your arses off. Needless to say, they will go for option 1.

Maybe I'm reading into it too much but it seems that way to me. It will blow over.
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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2010, 08:50:52 AM »
Nursing body keeps watch on 20 schools

The standard of 20 nursing schools opened by private tertiary institutes to meet the rising demand for health professionals is coming under scrutiny by the Thailand Nursing Council.

Universities and colleges have leapt in to fill the shortage of nurses at private and public hospitals.

Just 59 schools offered the course in 2005; now there are 80. But the limited number of qualified lecturers and facilities is posing a problem and many programmes are being reviewed by the council.

Although more schools are offering nursing studies, the number of lecturers qualified with either a bachelor's, a master's or a doctorate degree has remained steady at 3,400, said Daruni Rutkorakan, chair of the council's subcommittee in charge of the curriculum certification.

Mrs Daruni said 20 nursing schools, all of them opened recently, were being investigated. Five have been ordered to improve their programmes and one, Nakhon Ratchasima College, was ordered to shut down.

Graduates of uncertified nursing programmes are often denied nursing licences and they cannot find a job.

Attractive starting salaries for professional nurses has been a key factor in the growing popularity of nursing courses among students. Graduates earn about 20,000 baht a month on average. They are sought by both state and private hospitals.

Some hospitals offer graduates a 160,000-baht bonus if they sign a four-year contract.

Students who choose to enrol in this field also have a better chance to secure government student loans to fund their education because the government wants to solve the shortage problem.

"With the demand for nursing courses going up, higher education institutes see a business opportunity," Mrs Daruni said.

"They know they can surely make money and there is no risk in investing in opening a new nursing programme."

The tuition fee charged by nursing schools is between 80,000 baht and 100,000 baht a year for a four-year course, the council said. The competition between schools has raised questions over the quality of the teaching.

Many nursing programmes started out with enough teachers as required by the council. But as teachers skipped to other institutes because of the lure of better pay, many programmes have failed the new annual curriculum review by the council.

To pass the curriculum certification, a nursing programme must have one teacher for every eight students and at least five full-time teachers who have graduated with a master's degree in nursing or health sciences.

But some institutes accept students even though they know they do not have enough teachers, Mrs Daruni said.

This problem was reflected at Nakhon Ratchasima College and Ratchathani University in Ubon Ratchathani.

The graduating class of 2008 was the first to emerge from Nakhon Ratchasima College. But the students were unable to sit the licensing examination because their programme was not certified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The college ignored warnings to improve its curriculum and limit enrolments. The council decided not to recognise the curriculum and the faculty, forcing the college to end its study programme in this area, Mrs Daruni said.

Mrs Daruni described the situation facing nursing programmes as warning signs of a "crisis in quality".

The council is encouraging prospective nursing students to make sure the programme they apply for has been certified.

HEC deputy secretary-general Kamjorn Tatiyakavee said the commission would screen the curriculum of new nursing programmes.

Following the problems with the nursing programmes at Nakhon Ratchasima College and Ratchathani University, the commission has begun publishing an updated list of certified schools and colleges offering professional programmes at its website, http://www.mua.go.th.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2010, 06:09:36 PM »
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Nursing students must pass exam to transfer credits

Nursing students at troubled Nakhon Ratchasima College can continue their studies at new institutes if they pass an exam to transfer their study credits, the Higher Education Commission says.

The measure aims to help students whose studies came under a cloud when the college had to close its nursing faculty after it failed to pass an assessment by the Thailand Nursing Council.

These students are required to sit an exam, to be jointly prepared by 59 nursing institutes. Each is expected to receive between three and five students, said commission deputy secretary-general Kamjorn Tatiyakawi yesterday.

"If they fail to pass the test and criteria of the new institutes, they must change to other faculties in Nakhon Ratchasima College or other institutes," he said.

Nursing students who did not graduate from the science programme at high school are not allowed to sit the exam. They will have to find new faculties, the commission said.

Nakhon Ratchasima College has promised to help the nursing students cover the costs of transferring their study credits.

Many students had become concerned about their studies after paying high tuition fees only to find the teaching at the college's nursing faculty was substandard.

Graduates from the college are also in trouble because they cannot apply for professional certificates from the nursing council, which demands that all applicants come from certified institutes.

It remains unclear how many students at the college will have to find a new college or new field of study.

Meanwhile, the commission has asked 262 of the 303 nursing students at Ratchathani University in Ubon Ratchathani to transfer to other faculties of the university or new institutes.

They were recruited directly by the university in a selection process which was not recognised by the nursing council. The rest were admitted via the admission system, which is approved by the council.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2010, 10:21:29 AM »
Not only in Korat the business with education seems to leave students in the rain:

51 Thai students to be deported from US

The United States would deport 51 Thai students after a language institute in Florida was shutdown, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The US immigration detained 100 foreign students including 51 Thais for illegal entry after the Florida Language Institute was closed, said the ministry's deputy spokesman Thani Thongpakdi.

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Re: Fraud at Nakhon Ratchasima Nursing College?
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2010, 12:41:29 PM »
Nursing students furious over exam

Being forced to take a new test is 'insincere'

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : Nursing students at Nakhon Ratchasima College have blasted the Office of the Higher Education Commission for requiring them to sit an exam before they can transfer to other institutes.


Nursing students from Nakhon Ratchasima College gathered yesterday at the Thao Suranaree statue in Nakhon Ratchasima
to demand that the government helps them get into new institutes.

About 80 students protested yesterday at the Thao Suranaree statue in central Nakhon Ratchasima and called on Ohec deputy secretary-general Kamjorn Tatiyakawi to take responsibility for his inability to help the students.

The group claimed Mr Kamjorn earlier promised to help all 290 nursing students continue their studies at new institutes after Nakhon Ratchasima College closed its nursing faculty after failing the Thailand Nursing Council's teaching and educational standard assessment.

The commission said on Wednesday the students would have to take a central exam prepared by the colleges to which they were being transferred.

About 59 institutes, each of which could admit between three and five of the students, are helping to prepare the exam paper.

If they fail the exam, the students cannot enter the nursing schools at those institutes. They would then have to study another subject or look elsewhere.

The measure drew a fierce response from the students who accused Ohec of being insincere about helping them. They said some students could fail the test and have no place to study.

First-year student Jakrapong Juema said students who were not academically competitive could fail the test.

"We want the commission to keep its promise to help all students get into those certified institutes without any conditions," Mr Jakrapong said.

The students vowed to keep up the rally if their demand was not met.

"This is the college's fault, not the students'," Mr Jakrapong said.

Third-year student Porntip Butakian said she suspected Nakhon Ratchasima College might benefit financially if only a few students get into other institutes. The college has promised to help its nursing students pay the cost of transferring their study credits.

She believed the government could do much more to help them. It has sponsored 3,000 students from the far South to study in the nursing programme and so it should be able to do the same for the Nakhon Ratchasima College students who face an uncertain future, she said.

Many students said their families had to mortgage land or borrow money from the Student Loan Fund to pay expensive tuition fees at Nakhon Ratchasima College.

Some graduates who worked as assistant nurses at hospitals are also in trouble. They said they may need to quit their jobs if they do not receive professional certificates from the nursing council.

To grant the certificates, the council would hold an exam for graduates from institutes whose educational standard it recognises.

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