The late Rep. Sonny Escudero of Sorsogon, as chairman of the House committee on education, once came out with a list of colleges and universities that were at the bottom in passing percentages in licensure exams administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC). He wanted students to shy off colleges that had performed miserably in these exams.
Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, the current chair of the House committee on higher and technical education, is following a different tack – he wants to publicize a list of schools that are top performers in the PRC exams.
“We are making this list public to enable consumers of teaching education –- prospective teachers and their parents –- to make a sound choice as to where they will most likely get the best value for their hard earned tuition money,” Romulo said.
Romulo is performing commendable public service in coming out with this list. With graduating high school students about to decide which colleges to go to, Romulo’s list surely comes in handy. His list of top performing schools is limited to those with 50 or more examinees in the last two exams given by the PRC with a passing percentage of at least 80 percent. Here are the top colleges:
For High School Teachers:
University of the Philippines–Diliman (91.66%);Saint Louis University-Baguio (90.88%); University of San Carlos–Cebu (90.16%); University of Santo Tomas (89.59%); Philippine Normal University–Manila (89.43%); PNU–Agusan (88.83%); University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum (88%); Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (84.06%); Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (82.89%); Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig (82.26%); Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology (82.18%); Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (81.71%); and Technological University of the Philippines–Cavite (80.65%).
For Elementary School Teachers:
University of Santo Tomas (100%); Bohol Island State University–Tagbilaran (95.95%); West Visayas State University–La Paz (94.76%);Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (93.16%); PNU–Manila (91.34%); Talisay City College-Cebu (90.24%); Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College (86.27%); Saint Louis University-Baguio (84.91%); Western Visayas College of Science & Technology-La Paz (82.31%); Bohol Island State University–Bilar (81.13%); and Cebu Technological University–Argao (80.72%).
For Electronics Engineering:
For Electronics Technician:
Mapua Institute of Technology (86.71)|
For Civil Engineering:
De La Salle University-Manila (98.46%); UP-Diliman (92.39%); UST (91.79%); and TUP-Manila (83.87%).
For Mechanical Engineering:
Batangas State University-Batangas City (96.37%); UP-Diliman (95%); Saint Louis University-Baguio City (89.58%); DLSU-Manila (86.21%); Bicol University-Legazpi City (84.29%); TUP-Visayas (82.29%); Bataan Peninsula State University-Balanga City (81.67%); and TUP-Manila (80.48%).
UP-Diliman (98.81%); De La Salle University-Manila (94.59%); Mindanao Sate University-Iligan Institute of Technology (90%); UST (89.65%); and Bicol University-Daraga (85.94%).
University of the Cordilleras (99.42%); Ifugao State University (95%); Lipa City Colleges (94.83%); University of Baguio (92.56%); Universidad de Manila (88.39%); Angeles University Foundation (87.69%); Carlos Hilado State College of Fisheries-Binalbagan (82.81%); University of La Salette-Santiago (80.5%); and PLT College Inc.-Bayombong (80.92%).
West Visayas State University-La Paz (100%);Cebu Normal College (100%); UP-Manila (100%); Chinese General Hospital Colleges (99.30%); Saint Paul University-Tuguegarao (99.28%); Benguet State University-La Trinidad (99.15%); UST (99.04%); Trinity University of Asia (98.95%); Saint Paul University-Dumaguete (98.36%); Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (98.15%); Velez College-Cebu (98.01%); Cebu City Medical Center (97.06%); Saint Paul University-Manila (96.23%); Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (95.45%); Saint Paul University-Iloilo (94.74%); University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao (94.52%); Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation (94.51%); Saint Louis University-Baguio (93.33%); San Pedro College-Davao (89.41%); Southern Luzon State University-Lucban (88.61%); and Saint Mary’s University-Bayombong (88.15%)
Only last June, the Commission on Higher Education ordered 218 tertiary schools nationwide to stop offering substandard nursing courses, after less than 30 per cent of their graduates were found to have passed the nurse licensure examination in the last three years.
Some of the nursing schools shut down were also found to be lacking in competent faculty, training hospitals, laboratories and libraries.
The CHED has also stopped dozens of colleges from offering substandard marine engineering and marine transportation programs.
Romulo noted that college graduates have improved their overall performance in the licensure examinations administered by the PRC.
“Some 42.9 percent of examinees passed their professional eligibility tests in 2012. Though still somewhat low, this nonetheless represents a marked upturn, considering that the overall passing rate averaged only 36.6 percent from 2005 to 2011,” Romulo said.
I’m sure former Sen. Alberto Romulo is very proud of the performance of his hardworking son Roman. I covered Bert at the Batasan (1984-86) for the Veritas Newsmagazine, and in Malacanang when he was the budget secretary of President Cory.
(I was the first Malacañang reporter of the Philippine Star.) Bert was one of the shining stars of the legislature and the Cabinet. It’s now the turn of Roman to show that he’s really a chip off the old block.