More than 27,882 candidates will begin writing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams today Monday, May 19, John Y. Gayvolor, WAEC Monrovia Head of Office has confirmed.`
The candidates who registered to write this year’s annually-administered tests, according to Mr. Gayvolor, are representing at least 442 high schools from the 15 counties with Montserrado containing the highest numbers.
In an exclusive interview Sunday, May 18, with thzaqe Daily Observer at his Congo Town office, he said preparations for the administration of the exams have been put in place to avoid any unnecessary hiccups during the weeklong process.
The Monrovia WAEC head has encouraged all registered candidates to do their best to produce “acceptable results” at the end of the tests.
This year’s exams, he said, will follow the same patterns as previously arranged in all of the four major subjects—Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and other elective subjects.
Earlier in her ‘good will message’ over the weekend to students sitting the 12th grade WAEC administer tests, the Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, said the 12th grade exams are the measures to evaluate what the students have achieved over the last three years in the education sector.
This year’s exams are being administered to students from 442 high schools — government, private and/or faith-based institutions — across the country.
Of the 27,882 candidates, 15,130 are males, while 12,752 are females.
According to Minister Tarpeh, all proctors, supervisors or monitors selected to administer the exams are being warned to exercise the greatest degree of integrity, restraint and commitment to the process.
Candidates are also being advised to abide by rules abolishing the use of cell phones, pieces of paper and electronic gadgets other than the ones distributed or allowed in the hall by the examiners.
Meanwhile, the MOE in collaboration with WAEC is appealing to parents, guardians and the general public not to enable or assist students to engage in acts inimical to the administration of the tests. This would include the solicitation of money or facilitation of “flexibility fees” as has previously been the case.
Henceforth, the MOE has warned that anyone (proctors, examiners, monitors, etc) caught in acts outside of the exams protocol will be arrested and turned over to the courts for prosecution.