The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr, has finally released the results of exams it administered in May and June this year in Liberia.
Mr. Gayvolor called the results ‘appalling’, with only 48 percent pass. He reported that none of the candidates was able to obtain a Division 1 pass.
Although this year’s WAEC results were delayed due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country, HNO Gayvolor, during a news conference yesterday, disclosed that of the 27,651 12th graders from 442 schools who sat the tests, the general performance of the candidates was disappointing.
According to Mr. Gayvolor, 442 schools presented candidates for the May/June 2014 Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE).
Of a total of 27,651 candidates who sat the exams only 13,349 or 48.26 percent passed.
“Of this number also, 7,485 or 56.07 percent were males, while 5,864 or 43.93 percent were females,” Mr. Gayvolor announced, to the disbelief of his senior staffers and others at yesterday’s press conference.
A candidate in the LSHSCE is classified as Division I certificate holder if such candidate passes Mathematics and English Language with credit as well as four other subjects, including at least one Arts subject and one Science subject, for which each student must obtain an aggregate of not more than 24.
Also, a candidate in the LSHSCE is classified as Division II certificate holder if such a candidate passes Mathematics and English Language with credit as well as four other subjects including at least one Science subject and one Arts subject. The student must obtain an aggregate of not more than 36.
As for candidates in Division III certificate holder, such candidates must pass Mathematics and English Language as well as four other subjects including at least one Science Subject and one Arts subject and must obtain an aggregate of not more than 48.
Regrettably also, Mr. Gayvolor reported that of the candidates was able to obtain “Division 1.”
However, he said five candidates, all male, obtained “Division II”. Four of them came from a faith-based J.J. Roberts United Methodist High in Montserrado County, and only one candidate, Jackson G. White, came from the Firestone Senior High School in Margibi County.
Junior High Level
As for the Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE), Mr. Gayvolor reported that the overall performance of candidates in this year’s examination was “fair.”
That is, about 60 percent of the candidates who sat the examination made a pass. Of the 31,927 candidates who sat the examination, 18,622 or 58.33 percent made a successful pass.
According to Mr. Gayvolor, this figure comprises 10, 527 or 56.53 percent males, and 8, 095 or 43.47 percent females.
In his capacity as Head of National Office in Monrovia, Mr. Gayvolor has, on behalf of the Registrar to the Council, expressed gratitude to the government through the Ministry of Education for its continuing support to the National Office of the West African Examination Council.
WAEC, a non-profit organization, with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951. Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.
The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.
The main objectives of the Council are to conduct examinations in the public interest; to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world.