24 October 2013, 5:45 p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY recorded a lackluster performance in the recent Interior Design board examinations, with only three Thomasians entering the top 10 list of passers.

UST posted a 53.25-percent passing rate with 41 out of 77 examinees making the cut, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. This was lower than last year’s 74.12-percent passing rate, equivalent to 63 passers out of 85 examinees.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian interior designers is third placer Carmela Tan with a score of 88.10 percent. Tan shared the spot with John Dexter Baring of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. UST graduates Lara Janessa Mateo (87.55 percent) and Isabella Legaspi (86.45 percent) took the fifth and ninth spots, respectively. Nine Thomasians made it to the top 10 last year.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman was the lone top-performing school after 32 out of 34 examinees passed, or a passing rate of 94.12 percent. No other school met the PRC’s requirement of at least an 80-percent passing rate and 30 or more examinees.

This year, the national passing rate inched up to 56.16 percent, equivalent to 164 passers out of 292 examinees, from last year’s 55.31 percent. Celton F. Ramirez


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