THOMASIANS emerged as topnotchers in three state licensure examinations in September, although UST recorded lower passing rates in medical technology and electronics engineering.

UST slipped to 10th place in the medical technology board exams after posting a 93.30-percent passing rate, with 209 passing the test out of 224 examinees, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed.

UST was the top-performing school in the medical technology boards in 2010, but slid to third place in 2011. It ranked second in 2012. Last year, UST plunged to eighth place after recording a 95.19-percent passing rate, equivalent to 277 passers out of 291 examinees.

The sole topnotcher from UST was Hanna Clementine Tan, who shared the eighth spot with Jason Cuevas Bansuela of Silliman University. Both scored 89.30 percent.

Saint Louis University, University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao, and Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas were declared the top-performing schools.

The national passing rate slid to 82.60 percent or 2,986 passers out of 3,615 examinees, compared with last year’s 83.30 percent or 2,276 out of 2,716 examinees.

UST also recorded a slightly lower passing rate in the licensure examinations for electronics engineers, 54.92 percent (106 passers out of 193 examinees), compared with last year’s 55.86 percent (81 passers out of 145 examinees).

Second placer Harold Alexis Lao led the new batch of Thomasian electronics engineers with a score of 90.60 percent.

Engineering Dean Philippina Marcelo said the college was using a “more structured system” of outcomes-based education (OBE) to improve students’ performance in the licensure examinations.

“Based on our own very high standard in the University, much is to be desired. We don’t consider ourselves ‘satisfied’ because we did not manage to land in the top-performing schools’ honor roll. We will continue to work very hard to avoid these unfavorable results next time,” she said in an email to the Varsitarian.

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Only the University of the Philippine-Diliman was named the top-performing school in the electronics engineering board exam for schools with 40 or more examinees. It had a 92.50-percent passing rate, or 37 passers out of 40 examinees.

De La Salle University-Lipa was the top performer in the roster of schools with more than 50 examinees after getting a 98.28-percent passing rate, with 57 passers out of 58 examinees.

The national passing rate declined to 31.58 percent from last year’s 34.51 percent. Out of 4,851 examinees, only 1,532 passed.

In the separate board exams for electronics technicians, UST recorded a perfect score, with all 34 examinees passing the test.

Meanwhile, the University improved its passing rate in the licensure examinations for chemists with a score of 78.26-percent. Thirty-six UST examinees passed out of 46.

The rate was higher than last year’s 63.83 percent or 30 out of 40 passers.

Two Thomasians made it to the top 10 list of passers: Carlo Andres in fourth place (88.25 percent) and Angelo Gabriel Buenaventura (86.75 percent), who shared the ninth spot with Robinson Bryan Andres of UP Manila.

Four universities made it to the list of top-performing schools. Ateneo de Manila was named the top-performing school after all its 26 examinees passed the exam. Three UP campuses—Los Baños, Diliman, and Manila placed second, third, and fourth, respectively.

The national passing improved to 59.72 percent or 421 passers out of 705 examinees, from last year’s 56.04 percent or 320 passers out of 571 examinees.

The Varsitarian sought comments regarding the medical technology boards from Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Elena Manansala, but she declined. D. T. Cudal, A. F. Merez and B. K. A. Taray

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