The Monrovia office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), said it had up to Wednesday, registered at least 1,205 students to sit this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in Liberia.
Each of the registered students, who represented six of the multitude of schools across Montserrado County, had paid a fee of US$75 to sit the test. The total amount from the students summed up to US$90,375.
Disappointingly, the numbers of registered students are all from some of the privately-owned and faith-based institutions only in and around Monrovia.
Principals and school administrators in the leeward counties are yet to report on progresses they have made in respect to candidates who would write the test.
The exam is scheduled for May/June each year, but this year, Liberian students will sit for it in April, the WAEC Monrovia National Office said at the meeting.
All students from both private and public schools are allowed to write this WASSCE, which is also known by its old name–the General Certificate Examinations (GCE).
However, other rules and regulations are applied on every candidate. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa through the compulsory subject areas of English Language and Mathematics with the electives of the sciences inclusive of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.
WAEC Head of National Office in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., made the disclosure recently after he received an update from the Acting Principal Assistant Registrar in Monrovia, Dale G. Gbotoe, at the entity’s second consultative meetings on the successful conduct of the WASSCE in Liberia.
The update meeting brought together WAEC officials, principals and administrators of the various privately-owned and faith-based institutions mainly in Monrovia and its environs.
At the meeting, Mr. Gayvolor was particularly concerned about Liberian students’ performances at the writing of the WASSCE where the students would have to meet the WAEC distinction of at least to the place of first and or second divisions.
In special remarks during the opening section of the meeting, Mr. Gayvolor added that Liberia has made a move in the education sector with respect to writing the WASSCE.
However, he said, for the students to achieve at writing the WASSCE, it was incumbent upon all stakeholders to work collaboratively with the goal to strategize to find the way forward.
For her part, government’s Chief Nominee to the Council, deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, called on for school administrators especially those whose students have registered to write the WASSCE to upgrade the teachers’ skills, and at the same time, conduct tutorial classes for the students.
She then stressed the need for all schools across the country, especially those privately-owned to equip their laboratory and library, just like what the government has embarked upon in meeting the educational quest for their students.
“If you want to run a school, get your laboratory and library ready, and well equipped or else you will be asked to close down the school and leave the education sector, Mrs. Goll-Kotchi warned.