Nearly 42,000 Examinees Troop for PUPCET

Dan Esponilla Dalac, Top Story, Volume 3 Issue 2 February 2014

The number gets bigger year after year.

A total of 41,824 youths took the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College Entrance Test (PUPCET) last January 25 and February 15 at the A. Mabini Campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Nearly 42,000 Examinees Troop for PUPCET

PUP Admission Services Office head Engr. Adelio O. Sulit said the combined figures of 22,120 and 19,704 for the first and second batches of PUPCET examinees accounted for 80 percent of the 58,928 applicants for Academic Year 2014-2015.

There has been an annual increase in the number of PUPCET applicants and examinees under the administration of President Emanuel C. De Guzman.

PUPCET applicants totaled 38,624 in 2013 and 36,751 in 2012. The number of examinees reached 36,458 in 2013 and 34,198 in 2012. The University admitted 10,280 of the 10,968 who passed in 2013 and 8,868 of the 11,485 successful test takers in 2012.

The homegrown President De Guzman previously said that budgetary constraints prevent the country’s first polytechnic and largest state university from providing more slots to qualified Filipino youths from marginalized families.

The national government has only appropriated P948.748 million for PUP this year. The University received P916.829 million in 2013 and P734.783 million in 2012.

The PUP Budget Services Office said national government subsidy amounts to P16,000 per student in the current fiscal year. It was pegged at P16,000 in 2013 and P13,000 in 2012.

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