Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have announced that about 100,074 candidates representing 9th and 12th graders will sit for this year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams scheduled for May 19 to 27, 2016.
Felicia Sackie Doe-Sumah, Assistant Minister for Basic and Primary Education, addressing yesterday’s press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia said “This exam is special because we have two classes from two different academic years that will be writing the 2016 WAEC. We have the students from 2014 to 2015 and also the students from 2015 to 2016, and because of that, we will have more centers for the test.”
Minister Doe-Sumah said the 9th graders will begin writing the exam on Thursday May 19 and end on May 20, while the 12th graders will begin on Monday, May 23 and end on May 27, 2016.
“For the 9th graders, we have 1,198 schools that will be participating in this year’s testing with a total of 53,159 candidates, because of WAEC’s cancellation of the test last year. Of that number, we have 27,921 males and 25,283 females, which also suggest that the girls are making more effort to pursue an education and must be commended. For grade 12, we have about 514 schools that will be participating with the total candidates of 46,915. We also have a total of 21,963 females as well,” said Minister Doe-Sumah.
She explained that the supervisors will include teachers and principals assigned to various schools, adding that: “For monitoring, we will have staff from the Ministry of Education and the different secretariats ably assisted by some organizations to ensure a better monitoring system across the country.”
“Considering the huge number of candidates, we will have more centers across Liberia for this year’s testing. We are also saying that all schools or campuses that will be used should allow their other students to remain at home. Campuses used for testing must only allow students sitting for the test,” she maintained.
Minister Doe-Sumah stressed that schools that will not be used must allow their students to attend regular classes, as the Ministry will not allow closure of institutions that are not participating in the exam.
She said despite the continued update by the Ministry, students and school administrators continue to suggest that MOE has called for the closure of all schools during the upcoming testing, describing it as false and misleading.
Minister Doe-Sumah urged school administrators to help keep students busy by providing assignments that will be graded.
“We also want to warn school administrators that are engaged in collecting graduation fees ahead of the WAEC to desist from such activities now as only WAEC results will lead to such. Please contact MOE on this number if encountering this problem: 0777403676,” she said.