College of Education grad tops teachers’ board exam; has 6th and 7th placers
A College of Education graduate of West Visayas State University (WVSU-COE) main campus topped the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in the elementary level with two other graduates placing 7th in the elementary level and 6th in the secondary level with the feat resulting to WVSU in La Paz ranking 4th in the Best Performing Schools (Elementary Level) with 258 of its 292 examinees, 258 (88.36 percent) passing the LET.
Moreover, WVSU’s Himamaylan Campus also had a graduate from its College of Education ranking seventh in the elementary level of the LET.
Ranking first in the elementary level from WVSU-COE main campus was Mary Clarence G. Madero with a score of 88.80 percent while Maria Victoria Lionne F. Hierro ranked seventh with a rating of 87 percent. On the other hand, Franz Ian D. Solomon posted a rating of 91.80 percent to place sixth in the secondary level. Moreover, Julie Ann Gentilezo from the WVSU Himamaylan Campus in Negros Occidental also ranked seventh in the Elementary Level of the LET.
All three from WVSU-COE graduated with Latin honors in the only Center of Teaching Excellence in Western Visayas with Madero being Magna Cum Laude in the course Bachelor of Special Education, major in Teaching the Gifted while Hierro is Magna Cum Laude in the course Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in Early Childhood Education.
Solomon, who took the course Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Biology graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a scholar of the DOST-SEI (Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute).
In recognition of the three topnotchers’ sterling performance, the University released to them the incentive of P50,000 for Madero and P10,000 each for Solomon and Hierro during the flag ceremony last Dec. 4, 2017 at the WVSU Diamond Jubilee Park. The WVSU Himamaylan Campus, on the other hand, gave P10,000 to Gentilezo.
Such is the pride over the success of the four topnotchers from WVSU that they received cash prizes from different individuals, groups and associations.
Madero, Solomon and Hierro each received P5,000 from the Parents and Faculty Association and P5,000 each from three alumni donors while Gentilezo received the following windfall: P15,000 from Himamaylan’s Local Government Unit, P5,000 from the LET Office/Review Center, P5,000 from the Fourth Year Curriculum, and P5,000 from Dr. Genesis Camarista.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY. WVSU’s LET topnotchers pose with WVSU President Luis M. Sorolla (far right in barong) and College of Education Dean Hilda C. Montaño (far left) at the Diamond Jubilee Park during the awarding of cash incentives on Dec. 4, 2017. (Photo courtesy of WVSU-COE)
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) that administers the LET said that 21,198 elementary teachers out of 80,509 examinees (26.33%) and 49,626 secondary teachers out of 107,020 examinees (46.37%) successfully passed the LET given last September 24, 2017 in 27 testing centers all over the Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand.
WVSU President Dr. Luis Sorolla said the school’s good performance in the LET was “a product of the combined efforts of our faculty and the whole university, the Review Center and everything who contributed to the success of the students.”
Dr. Sorolla further said that the University will aspire for more considering the major achievement of ranking fourth in the Best Performing Schools – an upgrade from the rank of ninth place in the 2016 LET.
“In the future, we might be number one overall,’ said Dr. Sorolla who attributed part of WVSU’s LET performance to the College of Education’s updated curriculum and the strengthening of WVSU’s admission system.
“But most of all I attribute (our success) to the teachers in the College of Education and the Dean for doing their best to train the students very well,” said Sorolla who also mentioned the contribution of the University Review Center.
The WVSU-College of Education dean is Dr. Hilda Montaño, a Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers awardee in 2012 while the WVSU Himamaylan Campus administrator is Dr. Genesis Camarista, himself a product of the WVSU-COE. (News report by Hazel P. Villa, WVSU-COE)