UM grad tops LET, 6 others in Top 10


A GRADUATE of the University of Mindanao (UM) tops this year’s Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) secondary level, with six other UM graduates in the Top 10.

Marian Kaye Gallego, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Mathematics graduate of UM-Davao, got a score of 92.80% to top the examination given last March 26, besting 18,482 other board passers.

UM President Guillermo P. Torres Jr., said this is the third year that the university took the top rank in the examination. The College of Teaching Education led by Dean Ruby Serrano has consistently produced A-listers in the field of education..

Torres said that the success of the college dovetails neatly to the university’s desire to improve the quality of teaching and mentoring to students. It is also the effect of the outcomes-based education they have pursued in recent years.

He added that former UM LET topnotchers Teresa Falculan-Misola and her twin Kathleen, have been instrumental in the success as they handle the review and preparation of the students for the board exam.

“UM students are hard working and their tenacity paid off. Most of them are financially disadvantaged and had to work odd jobs to earn a degree,” Torres said.

The UM administration, he said, is very proud and expresses great joy on the success of their students. Torres said the topnotchers will receive cash incentives from the university.

The other UM graduates in the top 10 are:

Gerlie Tampos Albia of UM-Digos (ranked fifth with an average score of 91.40%);

Rosa Mae Asaytona Salazar (UM-Davao) and Chrestine Bariquit Torrejos (UM-Davao), both at 6th place with a tie- score of 91.20%;

Leslae Kay Cataytay Mantilla (UM-Davao) (7th place with a score of 91.00%);

Kristine Clarrisse Cabante Planas (UM-Davao) ( 8th place with 90.60% average); and

Mark John Pepito (UM-Davao) (9th place with an average of 90.40%).

With seven graduates in the Top 10 (comprising of 22 topnotchers), UM has produced the most in the elite list.

Ronnie Amorado, UM Vice President for Academic Planning and Services, told TIMES that this is the third time that UM has produced a LET topnotcher.

“But this is also the first time we have a grand sweep with the 7 out of 10 results,” Amorado said.

“We have proven our formula in the university for the ‘Diamonds in the Rough.’ The teaching-learning delivery system is now working well,” he said.

UM’s passing rate for the Secondary Level is 90%, as against the national passing rate of 25.46%.

Nationwide, only 18,482 passed out of 72,584 who took the examination. A total of 10,804 passers were first timers, while 7,678 were repeaters.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) board released the LET results for the secondary level yesterday.

PRC also announced that a total of 5,600 elementary teachers out of 53,915 examinees (10.39%) were able to pass. UM’s passing rate in the LET – elementary level is at 70%

For the elementary level, Samantha Christel Chua Gaerlan from De La Salle University- Manila ranked first with 90.60%. (with reports from Amalia B. Cabusao)

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