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Sillimanians place 9th, 10th in teacher’s board

Stephanie Ria L. Colinco & Karah Jane B. Sarita

TWO GRADUATES OF Silliman University (SU) were among the top 10 board passers of the September 2016 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Hector Bailey Calumpiano placed 10th in the secondary education category while Dara Tanato ranked 9th in the elementary education category.

Calumpiano, who graduated with a degree in political science last 2011, is the last student to graduate summa cum laude from SU.

Tanato, on the other hand, took up accountancy as her major for two years before shifting to being a Special Education (SPED) major.

“{When] my mom passed away, I got so depressed. That’s when I decided to follow my heart and take up education,” Tanato said.

Tanato added that she made it to the 9th place, although unexpected, because “Silliman taught [her] to put Jesus at the center of everything [she] does.”

Tanato believes that shifting from one course to another was part of God’s plans for her.

“I was sad back then. But, now I just realized that God did not give me that because He was preparing to give me a much bigger blessing,” Tanato said.

Dr. Pablito Dela Rama, dean of the College of Education, said that the “[COE] is not the only entity which is responsible for the [passers’] success.”

Dela Rama added that the COE has to intensify their preparation for the next LET.

“…As it is said, ‘education is a cooperative endeavor,’ signifying that both the institution and the students need to play their respective roles to attain the common objective of making it in the external assessment which is the licensure examination for teachers,” Dela Rama said.

Thirty-six out of the 50 takers from SU passed the LET September 2016.

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