THE UNIVERSITY improved its rankings in the recent “off-season” board exams for teachers and electronics engineers, with a Thomasian landing in the top 10 list of each test.

All three Thomasian examinees passed the licensure examinations for teachers (LET) in the elementary level this year, compared with last year’s 90 percent or nine out of 10. No school entered the roster of top-performing schools in LET-elementary since the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) requires a minimum of 50 examinees and at least an 80 percent passing rate to be declared a top-performing school.

Meanwhile, UST recorded an 89.29-percent passing rate—equivalent to 50 out of 56 examinees—in the LET for the secondary level, which was lower than last year's 92.16 percent.

UST trailed behind Saint Louis University which recorded a 93.8-percent passing rate.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian high school teachers is Teresa Limpin, who shared the eighth spot with Lecimar Esdrelon of Capitol University and Hilario Salamida of University of the East-Manila. All had identical scores of 86.6 percent.

The national passing rate for LET-elementary inched up to 28.98 percent or 11,120 passers out of 38,377 examinees, from last year's 27.78 percent. The national passing rate for LET-secondary, meanwhile, slid to 28.41 percent or 12,033 passers out of 42,358 examinees, from last year's 39.61 percent.

Meanwhile, the University improved its passing rate in the off-season licensure examinations for electronics engineers.

UST recorded a 61.29-percent passing rate, with 38 out of 62 examinees making the cut. This was higher than last year’s 50 percent, wherein 28 out of 56 Thomasian examinees passed.

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Thomasian electronics engineer Justin Spencer Mamaradlo placed second after scoring 85.70 percent.

Despite the improvement, the University failed anew to enter the roster of top-performing schools.

University of the Philippines-Diliman was the lone top-performing school this year, posting a perfect passing rate. PRC required at least 10 examinees and an 80-percent passing rate to be declared a top-performing school.

The national passing rate went down to 35.24 percent or 907 passers out of 2,574 examinees, from last year's 37.21 percent, equivalent to 1,177 passers out of 3,163 examinees. Lord Bien G. Lelay and Gena Myrtle P. Terre

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