Parents, guardians and student leaders have expressed outrage at the cancellation of the 12th grade WAEC examinations due to reports of burglary of test papers at the Konola SDA campus in Kakata, Margibi County.
Youth leader Vamba Kanneh said exam leaks continue to occur in Liberia owing to poor planning, logistics and security measures put in place to guide the process.
Madam Gorma Minnie, County Education Officer (CEO) of Margibi, described the situation as “unfortunate, regrettable and disappointing.”
“All I can say at the moment is that we must wait for the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the matter,” she said.
Bong County Education Officer Edward Kpulun said the reaction from parents, students, sponsors and others is frustration and anger.
“Parents, students and sponsors should remain calm and wait for the new dates for the exams,” Kpulun said.
He explained that it costs the GOL and MOE US$400,000 to foot the bills of the WAEC which includes, US$70,000 to fly the exam papers to Liberia.
Principal Ericson W. Boakai of the Voinjama Multilateral High School said the WAEC leak is a bad precedent for the Liberian education system.
“I want parents, students and sponsors to exercise patience as our Education Ministry and WAEC conduct investigations into the unfortunate incident,” Boakai pleaded.
Parent Jonnie B. Sackor of Joe Bar in Paynesville told the Daily Observer yesterday that in the future the MOE and WAEC should put all security measures in place before dispatching examiners across the country.
For his part, a 12th grader of the Paynesville Community School, Master Philip Benson, 16, said, students of his school are ready to sit the WAEC test and pass with flying colours.
“I think we still have time in our favour and we will continue to prepare ourselves for the WAEC exams next month,” Benson assured.
Elizabeth B. Koilor, 16, of the Morris Farm Community High School called on her fellow students not to panic and feel frustrated.
“Let us continue to pray so that we will pass the WAEC exam with good marks to allow us to enter our universities in Monrovia,” advised Ms. Koilor.