By upao - Posted on 15 May 2017

Benguet State University (BSU) Agriculture graduate, Nora Hill G. Evasco was just hopeful she would pass the Agriculturist Licensure Examination as she was saddened she did not have the right answers to the questions.

This is why she was shocked and elated when she learned that she placed fifth (85.00%) in the top 10 lists of passers.

“After the exam, my morale was low since I thought that I have not given the right answers to questions I have not encountered during my reviews. However, I was very much shocked and humbled when I heard the news that I placed fifth,” said Evasco.

Aside from aEvasco making it to the top 10 list, BSU also registered a 37.82% passing rate in the 2017 Agriculturist Licensure Examinationsurpassing the national passing rate of 31.55%.

“We are very much happy and proud that our students have improved their performance in the agriculture board exam,” said Dr. Leoncia L.Tandang, dean of the College of Agriculture.

According to Dr. Tandang, BSU has been doing well in the previous agriculture board exams. She said that this good performance in the licensure exams is a requirement for the program’s accreditation, as well as, for the program to regain its Center of Excellence in Agriculture status.

“This is also one reason why we are coming up with curriculum enhancements in the BS Agriculture program to update topics and contents in the different courses. Aside from this, we are also implementing a course audit in the fourth year of the students,” said Dr. Tandang.

Dr. Tandang also emphasized that the course audit of the program is important to sustain and update issues in the field of agriculture.

“We are also encouraging students to always supplement their stock knowledge by reading about new developments in the agricultural industry, proceedings in conferences, the agriculture section in newspapers, and of course the basic concepts of agriculture,” added Dr. Tandang.

Moreover, to augment the review of students, Dr. Tandang said that some students schedule a special voluntary review session to the faculty members of the college. “We are one family, so we have to share at least a general review for the students because it is a big help for them,” she said.

“My advice to future students (agriculturists) who will take the board exam is that they should always be prepared for anything. They should also pray because we need prayers. And we should aim high,” said Evasco.