24 November 2013, 7:53 p.m. – UST EMERGED as the top-performing school in the recent licensure examinations for teachers (LET) in the elementary level after recording a 100-percent passing rate.

A total of 149 Thomasians took the board exams this year, two of them landing in the top 10.

With a score of 88.40 percent, UST’s Katrin Lourdes Torre shared the ninth spot with Hazel Marie Biscocho (Cebu Normal University), Maria Chona Hular (Bicol University-Daraga), Jeffrey Javarez (Palawan State University-Puerto Princesa), Jemalyn Rose Mangao (Limay Polytechnic College), April Rose Nualla (Cebu Institute of Technology), Ana Marie Pagaringan (Tarlac College of Agriculture), Renally Bianca Pariñas (Southville International School and Colleges), and Vanessa Dawn Tortocion (Kabankalan Catholic College).

Belle Nicolle Chan, who had a score of 88.20 percent, shared the 10th spot with 12 others.

Trailing UST were Bohol Island State University-Tagbiliran with a 95.95-percent passing rate (71 out of 74 examinees), and West Visayas State University-La Paz with a 94.76-percent passing rate (199 out of 210 examinees).

Last year, the University settled for the second spot, posting a 98.55-percent passing rate with 136 passers out of 138 examinees.

The national passing rate for the LET-elementary level dropped to 31.18 percent (19,384 out of 62,160 examinees) from last year’s 49.29 percent (25,136 out of 50,997 examinees).

In the LET-secondary level, UST slid to fourth place from the top rank last year but managed to get two spots in the top 10, including first place.

The University’s passing rate slipped to 88.82 percent with 151 out of 170 Thomasian examinees making the cut, from last year’s 96.39 percent.

Leading this year’s batch of Thomasian secondary-level teachers is Dale Aldrinn Pradel with a score of 93 percent.

Thomasian Mark Philip Ragos also shared the ninth spot with April Joy Diane Galicia of Wesleyan University Philippines-Cabanatuan City after getting identical scores of 91.20 percent.

Last year, no Thomasian entered the top 10 for both the elementary and secondary LET.

The national passing rate for the LET-secondary level went down to 39.75 percent with only 25,755 passers out of 64,792 examinees, from last year’s 43.5 percent in which 20,834 out of 47,892 made the cut. Gena Myrtle P. Terre


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