THE University of Cebu (UC) defended its graduates, including its recent topnotcher, over allegations that some examinees cheated in the 2015 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examinations.
Lawyer Augusto Go, UC president, and faculty members of the university’s mechanical engineering department said not one of their graduates cheated during the last board exams.
Go reacted to a report in Rappler.com regarding allegations made by the University of the Philippines (UP) Engineering Student Council that massive cheating occurred during the last board exams.
Go also defended the university’s topnotcher, Micah Arceno, saying the 21-year-old graduate was an honor student up to his graduation.
“He (Arceno) excelled in the local, regional and national engineering meets and he even topped his course. To say that he cheated his way to the top is nonsense,” Go told reporters yesterday.
Engr. Rodel Naval, one of Arceno’s instructors, said it was impossible for students to cheat on the licensure examinations as most of the test questions often involved problem solving.
Naval said he doubts if Arceno and their graduates cheated.
Arceno, for his part, said that when he took the examination, he never saw any of his fellow board takers cheating.
“Ilaha pud na pud (That’s their allegation). As far as I’m concerned, I answered the questions correctly and honestly. Wala ko nag-cheat, wala sad ko nagpa-cheat (I didn’t cheat. I also didn’t allow myself to be cheated),” Arceno said.
Arceno recalled that when he took the two-day exams, it was so difficult it needed his full attention.
“Dili man gani ka kalingi padung right or left. Kailangan focus ra gyud ka diha (You can’t even turn your head. You had to be focused),” Arceno said.
Arceno, a native of Catbalogan, Samar, was rewarded with a brand new car by Go after topping the 2015 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examinations.
Arceno, who graduated magna cum laude from UC last year, bested more than 2,000 board passers with a rating of 88.45 percent in the September 2015 exams.