BALANGA CITY, Bataan – 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.