22 September 2012, 2:44 p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY slid in the recent chemist licensure examinations but managed to get a spot in the Top 10, data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

UST got a 44.62-percent passing rate, with 29 passers out of 65 examinees this year. This was lower than last year’s 72.97 percent, equivalent to 27 passers out of 37 examinees.

Leading the batch of new Thomasian chemists was Jose Fernan Reyes, who scored 88.25 percent and placed fifth. Reyes shared the spot with Claudio Fiel Novida of Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman was again named by the PRC as the only top-performing school, with an 83.93-percent passing rate or 47 out of 56 examinees. To be a declared a top-performing school, the PRC requires a passing rate of at least 80 percent and a minimum of 50 examinees.

The national passing rate went down to 45.48 percent, with 292 passers out of 642 examinees. Last year’s passing rate was 52.54 percent or 331 out of 630 examinees. Bernadette D. Nicolas


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