PRC bans programmable, spare calculators

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) prohibited two of the most widely used scientific calculators of engineering students during licensure examinations through the power of Memorandum Circular No. 2018- 01 dated April 20, signed by PRC Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando Jr.

This action is in relation to Civil Engineering Board Chairman Engr. Praxedes Bernardo’s request to exclude Casio Calculator fx-991ES and fx-991ES Plus in the list of allowable calculators during the board exams because of their programmable features, which was then approved by the Engineering and Technology Board Chairpersons and members.

The said calculators can automatically carry out a sequence of operations through storing them similar to a computer, which means one can use them in finding answers without a solution and even in creating hints.

Further, the memorandum also stated that examinees are allowed to use only one calculator during exam, opposing the usual scheme where examinees bring a spare calculator for emergency purposes.

According to Bataan Peninsula State University Instructor Engr. Christian T. Macalinao, using programmable calculator during exams will make the students indolent.

“’Pag ginamitan mo ng programmable calculator, hindi nila mapa-practice ‘yung knowledge nila sa paggamit ng Newton’s Law of Approximation. Shift-solve ang gagamitin nila. Saka instead of simplifying the equation before mag-arrive ka sa solution, tatamarin ang estudyante,” he explained.

This is also the stand of Bataan Heroes Memorial College Civil Engineering Department Head Engr. Janet Crisostomo as she spoke of the importance of analysis.

“Mas okay na ipagbawal ‘yun kasi ‘yung students, hindi na alam ang concept. Basta may ganong calculator, may answer kaagad. Halimbawa, ‘yung quadratic equation na dapat gumamit ng quadratic formula o kaya factoring, ‘di na dadaan doon. Calcu na lang,” she said.

This action is effective 15 days following its complete publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation.

This article was originally published in www.1bataan.com

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Concern
Concern
3 years ago

sa aking palagay kaya nila pinagbawal ang mga calcu na 991ES at Plus…ang mga parents na gumamit na ganan pinamamna sa anak pra maituto o maturuan na din ng magulang…sana di yan ang rason nila o konektado sila sa mga supplyer na hindi nabibili ang Ibang UNIT nila kaya ganun…isipin mo nga namn sa UNIT ng CASIO na pinagbabawal nila anjan na lahat…Una bago namn mag exam nirereset namn ang CALCu…Pangalawa. nagtry ba sila ng SOLVE ng Exam kung kayang isolve lahat ng 100 ITEMS….Itry ninyo muna magsagot bago ninyo ipagbawal na wala kayong basehan…

Gilles Syd
Gilles Syd
4 years ago

According to CASIO’s website. The two calculators being band here in the Philippines are “Non-Programmable” Calculators. With all your respect Sir. What made you think that these are programmable calculators?

Kei
Kei
4 years ago

Nung nagtake kasi sila ng board dati hindi available mga ganyang calcu kaya siguro naiinggit sila ???? hays

Ani
Ani
4 years ago

Eh ang “Shift-solve” basically is the application of Newton’s law. Kapg nagbigay ka ng malaking value bago ka mg “=” sigurado tatagal ang pagkuha ng sagot.

Sy
Sy
4 years ago

Sa ganyang pag-iisip ng mga yan sasabihin nila programable. Bakit may mga gumagamit ng calculator bumabagsak pa din? Kung wala kayang calculator matapos kaya nila ang 100 items? Lalo na sa math? Natry na din kaya nila magexam nung pinaeexam nila gano kahirap kung walang calculator matapos kaya nila 100 item question na walang calculator? Try nio muna exam kau ng Ece, ee, ce, me exam na walang calculator na tulad ng sinasabi nila. Matapos nila kaya yan?