THE UNIVERSITY kept its place as the top-performing school in the September 2011 licensure examination for teachers (LET), and at the same time improved in the recent chemical engineer board exams.

UST, however, failed to become a top-performing school in the November 2011 exams for civil engineers.

UST recorded a 97.59-percent passing rate in the LET-elementary level with 81 passers out of 83 examinees, higher than last year’s 89.23 percent or 58 passers out of 65 examinees.

Placing behind UST were Western Visayas State University-La Paz (89.95 percent), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (87.27 percent), Philippine Normal University-Manila (84.51 percent), and Saint Louis University (83.33 percent).

This year’s national passing rate for the LET-elementary level slightly went up to 22.68 percent as 10,243 out of 45,171 passed the exam, compared with last year’s 19.58 percent where only 7,737 passed out of 39,508 examinees.

Meanwhile, the University placed fourth in the LET-secondary level with an 88.26-percent passing rate or 218 passers out of 247 examinees. Last year, only 79.57 percent or 148 out of 186 Thomasians made the cut.

Among those who passed is former Varsitarian literary editor Marian Leanne de la Cruz.

University of the Philippines (UP)-Los Banos (96.10 percent) was named top-performing school, followed by UP-Diliman (91.01 percent) and PNU-Manila (88.80 percent) in second and third place, respectively. Xavier University (85.07 percent) placed fifth, while Philippine Normal University-Agusan (81.58 percent) placed sixth.

This year’s national passing rate for the LET-secondary level also went up to 31.45 percent with 13,125 passers out of 41,729 examinees, from last year›s 25.86 percent or 9,493 out of 36,174 examinees.

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Chemical, civil engineers

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Engineering improved in the November 2011 chemical engineer licensure examinations but failed to be named the top-performing school.

UST recorded a 59.74-percent passing rate with 46 passers out of 77 examinees, which was higher than last year’s 56.10 percent or 46 passers out of 82 examinees. UST’s performance this year was also better than its 42-percent passing rate in 2009 when only 19 passed out of 45 examinees.

No Thomasian has entered the Top 10 list since 2007.

UP-Diliman, the only school that met the requirement set by the Professional Regulation Commission of having at least an 80-percent passing rate and a minimum number of 50 examinees, was declared top-performing school. It had an 84.34-percent passing rate, with 70 out of 83 examinees making the cut.

The University of San Carlos posted an 81.25-percent passing rate (13 passers out of 16 examinees), the University of Saint La Salle got a 75-percent passing rate (15 out of 20), while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños had a 71.05-percent passing rate (27 out of 38).

The national passing rate went down to 47.17 percent or 301 passers out of 638 examinees. This year’s result was lower than last year’s 59.28 percent.

Meanwhile, two Thomasians entered the Top 10 list of passers in the recent civil engineering board exams, but UST failed to maintain its standing as a top-performing school.

Engineering’s 2011 class valedictorian and magna cum laude Rajiv Eldon Abdullah placed sixth in the exam with a score of 96.30 percent, while Loreto Paz placed 10th with 94.90 percent.

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The University, which was declared second top-performing school last year, missed this year’s list of top-performing schools by only almost one percentage point. UST this year recorded a 79.57-percent passing rate, lower than last year’s 83.96 percent.

Of the 93 Thomasian examinees, 74 passed the exam. Last year, 89 out of 106 Thomasians made the cut.

UP-Diliman, which had a passing rate of 96 percent, was again declared the top-performing school.

The national passing rate slid to 34.28 percent with 1,770 passers out of 5,163 examinees, from last year’s 40.57 percent wherein 2,040 passed out of 5,028 examinees. Reden D. Madrid

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