July 11th, 2013

Court allows closing of deficient maritime schools

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has won against a number of schools trying to block the department’s closure order, as it continues to go after deficient maritime schools and courses in line with the upcoming EMSA audit.

According to CHED, the Court of Appeals nullified the one of the school’s Temporary Restraining Order as it failed to satisfy the necessary requirements for its issuance.

“It affirms the necessary and valuable support for the judicial system to legitimate reforms pursued by CHED, particularly in Maritime Education, which have very serious implications for the employment of our Filipino seafarers in the international maritime industry, says CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

The order comes after Licuanan asked maritime schools to stop fighting their closure order to allow the smooth purging of deficient maritime schools which is one of the requirements to pass the EMSA audit in October.