THE UNIVERSITY grabbed the top spot in the recent licensure examinations for teachers (LET) both in the elementary and secondary level, with one Thomasian entering the top 10 in the elementary level.

UST was declared the top-performing school in the elementary LET after obtaining a 96.21 percent passing rate. A total of 127 passed the test out of 132 Thomasian examinees.

In the secondary level, UST posted a 94.92 percent passing rate, with 168 Thomasians making the cut out of 177.

Marie Selene Dominique Galvan Estaris led the new batch of Thomasian elementary teachers, securing the third spot with a score of 86.20 percent. She was tied with Airah Murielle de Guzman Antonio of Jose Rizal University and Shienna Michelle Verceluz Jorvina of Philippine Normal University–Lopez, Quezon.

Former Varsitarian features writer Mone Virma Ginry Gumapac was among those who passed the secondary level licensure exam.

College of Education Dean Allan de Guzman attributed the University’s performance to the designed curriculum for the students to excel better.

“[The results were] in fact a product of a relevant and evidenced-based curriculum delivery, competent and highly dedicated faculty, supportive and transformative administrators and hard work and passion for scholarship of learning of our students,” De Guzman said in an e-mail to the Varsitarian.

In ensuring the consistency of the performance, De Guzman said strengthening the faculty, expanding the network of partner schools and promoting reflective practice among teachers are the keys to continuously ace the board exams.

“We believe that quality, excellence and consistency are enduring hallmarks of high performing organizations. Our commitment to these hallmarks prompt us to constantly renew our instructional platform, strengthen our faculty, monitor student learning progress through effective mentoring system, expand our network of partner schools and promote reflective practice among our teachers so that theory and practice operate in full unison,” he added.

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The University’s passing rate for the elementary LET was down slightly from last year’s 98.57 percent, while its performance in the secondary level saw an improvement from the 89.93-percent passing rate recorded in 2014.

The national passing rate in the elementary LET dipped to 31.37 percent, with 21,461 passing the test out of 68,442 examinees. The passing rate last year was 35.74 percent.

For the secondary level, the national passing rate jumped to 41.75 percent from 34.41-percent last year, with 34,010 making the cut out of 81,463 examinees.

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