Dr. Romelle Horton, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction and government’s chief nominee to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Monrovia National Office, has commended female students who passed this year’s WAEC Exams.
Dr. Horton made the commendation during last Thursday’s Information Ministry regular press briefing in Monrovia.
“I am impressed with the performances of the girls,” she said of the successful female students.
“Our girls are trying to close the gap between them and their male counterparts especially with the release of the just ended WAEC results,’’ she added.
According to the results, many of the female students who passed earned improved marks in the sciences, particularly in physics, chemistry and biology, which have proven to be tough subjects for Liberian students over the years.
Of the 16,062 candidates that successfully passed, 7,200 are female.
She congratulated the three females who are among the top 10 students that topped the exams. They are Jerru Kou Kulah of the Soltiamon Christian School System, Miriam Katta of the Liberian-Turkish Light International School and Saraphen B. Dahn of Firestone Senior High School. The girls finished the exams in Division II.
Division II is the third highest category of the exams after Distinction and Division I.
Dr. Horton meanwhile encouraged the girls to keep up the good work, and remain studious in their educational journey.
She also congratulated Kezelee Koiwu, a male student of the Firestone Senior High School in Margibi County for emerging as the best performing candidate for the May 2016 Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE). Kezelee, according to the results, obtained seven credits and has a T-Score of 516.8.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has promised to take action against school administrators who violated its instruction that schools should wait for the WAEC results before holding graduation programs.
Horton disclosed that a number of schools have already held their graduation exercises under the guise of “thanksgiving services” for the kindergarten and the 12th graders.
She said that the MOE will take strong action against schools violating the order against holding graduations prior to the release of WAEC results. The punitive actions include but are not limited to sanctions. The MOE, prior to the administration of the examinations, informed school authorities that there should be no graduation programs until WAEC results are released, but the Minister said that the policy has been violated by some schools, which she did not name.
WAEC released the results of its test administered in May on Thursday, August 4, in which more than 22,000 students failed from a total number of 46,927 who registered for the exams.
The results of a further 7,870 students are being withheld for “cheating and or collusion,” WAEC Head of Monrovia National Office John Y. Gayvolor Sr. told reporters.