A graduate of Catanduanes State University (CSU) College of Education (CEd) made history after placing 10th in the September 2012 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) national level.
Carlito T. Gelito is the first graduate of CSU College of Education to place in the National LET Top 10. He got a rating of 87.2% He graduated last March 2012 with the degree Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics.
In previous years, the Professional Regulation Commission also recognized Regional Top 10 placers, wherein several graduates of CSU-CEd were likewise honored as Placers in LET Region V level.
The College of Education mounted a Torch Parade on Thursday, November 29, to honor Carlito’s feat. The CSU Administration is also scheduled to award Carlito a financial incentive and a certificate of commendation in a recognition ceremony for the LET topnotcher and passers.
“Di ko man pig asahan na maka top 10, ang pig hagad ko sana makapasa,” Gelito said. He added that he was not able to enroll in formal review classes due to financial constraints and thus, opted for a self-study in preparation for the licensure exam. He also said that he was even hesitant if he could pass the licensure test because he did not had enough time to solve the last 40 items in major subjects.
Carlito hails from San Juan, San Miguel. He is the third of the eight children of Danilo Gelito Sr., a tricycle driver, and Carmen Todoc, a full time homemaker. He finished his elementary education as the valedictorian at San Juan Elementary School, and his secondary education at Bato Rural Development High School.
Danilo Sr. also said that his son Carlito was almost indisposed due to fever during the day of the examination. He was thankful that the licensure exam was conducted in Virac, thus saving many examinees like his son from the grueling travel to mainland Bicol.
Carlito was grateful that Virac was designated as LET Testing Center. “Dakula ang tuwang kaito ta nakabawas na ito sa gastuson pati maluyahon talaga ako sa byahe,” he said.
A consistent Dean’s Lister, Carlito also served as a senator of the College of Education Student Organization in SY 2009-2010; became its president in SY 2010-2011; and eventually the Vice-President of the Federated College Student Council. He was awarded as one of the Outstanding Student Leaders of CSU on March 2012 and was also a finalist in the Search for Ten Outstanding Students of Bicol.
CSU obtained an overall passing percentage of 76.21% for LET elementary level and 44.91% for LET secondary level. These are both higher than the 49.29% (Elem.) and 43.30% (Sec.) national passing percentages.