4 NorMin grads top teachers exams

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

FOUR graduates from Northern Mindanao topped in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) both in the elementary and secondary levels conducted in 15 testing centers in the country on January 26, 2014.

For the second time in a row, Daisy Buenaventura Reyes, a graduate of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, topped the board with a score of 88.20 percent grade while Miriam Aranzado Miranda, a graduate of Golden Heritage Polytechnic College here, topped the LET September 2013 board whose results came out in November last year with a score rating percentage of 90.60.

Eduard Aldabon Pagtulon-an of Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag town in Bukidnon ranked number one in the secondary level, scoring 88.40 percent grade, sharing the spot with Deidre Roldan Morales of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Shaunell Mary Yap Josol
Shaunell Mary Yap Josol of Bukidnon State University ranked fourth for the elementary level.


For the elementary level, Shaunell Mary Yap Josol of Bukidnon State University ranked fourth sharing the spot with Myrna Ricero de Castro of Saint Bridget’s College with a score of 87.20 percent grade, while Lecimar Lagamayo Esdrelon of Capitol University formerly Cagayan Capitol College here ranked eighth scoring 86.60 percent grade.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) posted in its website on March 8, 2014 that 11,120 elementary teachers out of 38,377 examinees (28.98%) and 12,033 secondary teachers out of 42,358 examinees (28.41%) successfully passed the LET.

Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, chairperson, and the members Dr. Paz I. Lucido, Dr. Paraluman R. Giron and Dr. Nora M. Uy comprised the BPT.

Xavier University’s school of education has a licensure passing rate of 76 percent for its secondary teachers and 20 percent for the national level while its elementary teachers have 82 percent licensure rate with 26 percent rate in the national level.

Didn’t see it coming

Shaunell Mary Joy Josol-Sayson, 34, a pre-school teacher at St. John’s School in Malaybalay City and a mother three, didn’t see it coming that she would be one of the top 10 teachers for the January 2014 LET exams.

But Josol-Sayson was confident she’d pass the board, saying, “I seriously reviewed, did my own readings and prayed hard.”

The love for teaching and kids prompted her to pursue education. While in college, she took up Information Technology (BSIT) but failed to complete it when she got married during her third year.

For 10 years, she focused on rearing her three children and assisted her husband in church ministry handling the Children’s Sunday school.

The pressures on studying while taking care of her children, being in the frontline in church ministry and the financial limitations didn’t weaken her and said, “I couldn’t believe, I survived it.”

When registering for the board exams, she thought she couldn’t make it since she had some problems with her marriage certificate and so she opted to use her maiden name.

“I think is it a vindication to my father’s name as he was very disappointed when I got married early as I was the eldest and the only daughter. Disappointed, my parents relocated in Bohol,” she replied when asked on the challenges she encountered during the board exams.

Other than that, she was relaxed when she took the board.

Prior to getting her LET, she applied at St. John’s School (SJS) in Malaybalay City which she heard as “one of the premier schools” there.

“I figured, it will be a good training ground for me besides the fact that I desperately need to help my husband financially since he is a person with disability,” she said.

She couldn’t believe the attention she has been getting from the community since the result came out.

Being in the top 10 is making a whole lot of difference to her, she told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in a text message Sunday.

“I felt all the sacrifices have been rewarded and I give the credit to God. As of now am keeping my options open but if I have my way now, I’m still cherishing this dream of establishing a Christian school of our own,” she said, referring to the possibilities that await her in the field of teaching.

When asked how she would describe Josol-Sayson, Jennifer Agdamag-Silan, SJS principal, she said Josol-Sayson is soft spoken and has the making of a really good teacher.

“She is very passionate when you talk to her about kids and teaching. And best, she has a great drive for excellence,” she added.

Top performing schools

According to PRC, none of the schools for elementary level qualified for the top performing school list in the January 2014 LET as per Commission Resolution 2010-547, series of 2010, which states: “With 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent passing percentage.”

Meanwhile, Saint Louis University (SLU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) are the top performing schools for LET Secondary Level for having 93.80% (121 out of 129 passed) and 89.29% (50 out of 56 passed), respectively.


The PRC, in its website, said that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration in N.C.R. will start on April 7.

The requirements for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card (ID) are the following: 1) duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal; 2) latest Community Tax Certificate (Cedula); 3) 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag); 4) metered documentary stamp for the Oath Form; and 5) the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The dates and venues for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful examinees in the said examination will be announced later, PRC said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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