PSU grads excel in board exams
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (1 June) -- Although new in the field, the nursing school of the Pangasinan State University is already making waves for having the best percentage of board passers in Region 1.
Dr. Victoriano C. Estira, PSU president, disclosed that 28 of the 33 nursing graduates who took the licensure exams in November last year passed, which was 79.5 passing percentage. Earlier, 22 passed from among the 28 first batch graduates.
That feat made the PSU nursing school the best performer in Region 1 for both examinations among small and medium size nursing schools. The state university landed seventh and 12th, respectively, in the two exams nationwide.
Estira said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan DZMQ Tuesday that he was hoping for another fine performance of the new graduates who will take the next exam. "Inaalagaan namin sila," he said referring to the graduates who undergo free review classes courtesy of the Gapuz Review School. Even those who failed in the exam are given another chance for free review classes, he disclosed.
The nursing school is doing well despite the fact that it is not supported by the government, he bared. "It is a self-sustaining and self-regulating undertaking ? no money from the government," he said. Operations of the school are purely funded by tuition fees. "Bumabalik sa mga estudyante yong bayad nila," he added.
He also said that the other schools are doing well like the engineering and architecture based at the PSU campus in Urdaneta City which also produced lately board topnotchers and the widely known teacher education facility in Bayambang which also houses the nursing school.
New courses will be offered, he bared. In the second semester of this new school year, he said that the college of law would be set up at the Lingayen campus where courses on arts and sciences are also being offered.
The state university also plans to open the college of medicine at the soon-to-open Alaminos City campus where the city government built a P10 million building for the purpose. The campus is adjacent to the 300-bed hospital which the city government is also putting up.
PSU caters to the needs of poor but deserving students in Pangasinan whose population is more than the combined population of the three other provinces which also have their own state colleges and universities.
From 9,000 enrollees three years ago when Estira assumed the presidency, the number jumped to 15,000 in the last school year. This year, the number may swell to 18,000, he said, attributing the increase to the subsidized tuition fees and the open admission policy adopted lately by the institution.
"Pero di namin ibinababa ang antas ng quality education kahit na open ang admission," he clarified, pointing to the selective retention program being imposed where students who fail in at least three subjects are advised to discontinue. "Sayang lang yong pera at pagod ng mga magulang nila," he noted.
He also said that with the so-called block system, students who strictly observe it will finish their schooling without hitches and eventually pass any board exams if their courses require such exams. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]