Graduates of the three colleges of Cebu Normal University secured highest places in their respective board exams this year.

CNU’s three colleges – College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Teacher Education (CTE), and College of Nursing (CN) – have constantly proven their ability to hone undergraduate students well as they continue to yield top achievers in various licensure examinations for a good number of years now.

CAS groomed Shelter Anne Hernando (4th placer) and Jamaika Lyze Lumacang (9th Placer) during the October 2019 Psychometrician Licensure Examination. CTE tutored Rebekah Louise Rosito (5th Placer) during the September 2019 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) on the Elementary level. Finally, CN prepared Jasmin Claire Tamang (4th Placer) and Jorel Franco Antone Tangpuz (5th Placer) during the recent November 2019 Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE).

“I am very, very happy that the tradition of excellence continues,” CNU President Filomena Dayagbil said.

“The name of CNU is actually tantamount to quality and excellence and we have proven it through the years through the efforts of our faculty, our students, administrators, and all the stakeholders,” she said.

CAS Dean Dr. Milagros Greif said that the CAS faculty and department chairs have looked into strategies to increase the percentage of board exam passers. An increase of 14.7 percent was recorded this year as compared to 2018’s passing percentage. She also said that they have tapped CNU Faculty Association Incorporated (FAI) to conduct reviews for graduating students which is cheaper than other review centers. Lectures have also been done where topnotchers from previous board exams are invited as speakers to share their experiences and insights. CNU CAS has produced five topnotchers in the Psychometrician Licensure Exam since it started in 2014.

CTE Dean Dr. Ethel Abao said that students can top the board exam since the culture of excellence has been established in CNU for a long time. She said that the practice of tests used in board exams help students to be accustomed to it. CTE educators from the college department and Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) also take turns in giving free review enhancement programs to students through their special project called Concerted Action to Raise Excellence (CARE). She admits that CARE still needs to be strengthened to achieve the 100 percent passing target. The three CNU campuses – Main, Balamban, and Medellin – should also work together in order to attain a higher percentage of LET passers, she said. CTE has produced 31 topnotchers in the last 10 years.

CN, on the other hand, has consistently been part of the top passers of NLE in the past 10 years and has been considered as one of the top-performing schools in the Philippines with a 100 percent passing rate. 48 CNU CN students have made it to the top 10 list in the last 10 years.

CN Dean Dr. Noemi Yntig said that the support of students’ family is a big factor to success along with the teachers’ constant follow-up on the students’ school performance. She said that success is achieved through collaboration. She also accredits the screening and elimination process during enrollment that selects the best students.

“Excellence is always a way of life for all of us here and it is manifested by our outcomes,” Dayagbil said. (JDF)