The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is looking into lowering the passing rate for the Civil Service Exam (CSE).
Commissioner Aileen Lizada said that they had discussed the issue in one or two meetings, citing a precedent set by the Supreme Court, when they lowered the bar exam’s passing rate under certain circumstances.
She reasoned that the government needed more officials and employees, and lowering the passing score would not equate to “lesser competent and lesser qualified” civil servants.
According to their website, only 11.62% or 29.733 test-takers out of 255,778 passed in August last year.
Before its postponement due to the pandemic, the written Civil Service Exam for this year was scheduled in March. There were supposed to be 290,000 examinees. The Commission also cancelled all other written career service exams for the remainder of the year.