THOMASIANS topped the recent licensure examinations for civil engineers and high school teachers, capping the latest wave of board results that saw improvements in some professional disciplines.

Paul Marion Demapelis, who scored 96.90 percent, led 179 successful Thomasian civil engineer examinees, while Dale Aldrinn Pradel led this year’s batch of secondary level teachers with a score of 93 percent.

UST remained as the second top-performing school in the civil engineering board exams after posting a 91.79-percent passing rate. This was better than last year’s 87.74 percent, equivalent to 136 passers out of 155 examinees.

Perfect score

The University has again lived up to its title as a center of excellence in education after posting a perfect score in the licensure examination for teachers (LET)-elementary level. UST emerged as the top-performing school in the elementary level after recording a 100-percent passing rate, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

A total of 149 Thomasians took the board exams this year, two of them landing in the top 10. And they are Katrin Lourdes Torre (with a score of 88.40 percent) and Belle Nicolle Chan (with a score of 88.20 percent) who placed ninth and tenth, respectively.

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.

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

Librarians

The University displayed an impressive performance in the board exams for librarians released last November. From last year’s No. 3 position, UST improved to second place this year after recording an 81.82-percent passing rate, equivalent to 36 out of 44 Thomasian examinees making the cut. This was a slight increase from last year's 81.58-percent passing rate, in which 31 passed out of 38 examinees.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian librarians is Ma. Victoria Acuña, who shared the 10th spot with Juan Paolo Balao of the University of the East-Manila. Both recorded identical scores of 85.80 percent.

The national passing rate, however, went down to 45.80 percent or 382 passers out of 834 examinees, from last year’s 46.67 percent.

It was a different story in the chemical engineering board exams after the University registered a dismal performance this year. There was no Thomasian in the top 10.

The University recorded a lowly 58.97-percent passing rate as only 69 out of 117 Thomasian examinees passed. This was lower than last year’s 60.50 percent, in which 72 passed out of 119 examinees.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman emerged as the only top-performing school, recording a 95.95-percent passing rate equivalent to 71 passers out of 74 examinees. Lord Bien G. Lelay and Gena Myrtle P. Terre

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