Fraudster Posing as Female Applicant Nabbed in Exam Hall

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Roland Tokpa dressed as a woman, pretending to be his girlfriend who failed the nursing school entrance exam several times.

Admits he planned to cheat for his girlfriend who has failed the same exam five times

Members of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), a private security service, at the Phebe Hospital on Saturday, May 12, arrested and turned over a 25-year-old man identified as Roland Tokpa to authorities at the Phebe Hospital for attempting to write an entrance examination for his girlfriend.

Tokpa, who was dressed in a green blouse with a purple wig, was dragged out of the examination hall after news spread that he was pretending to be a woman in order to represent his partner.

In an interview with the Daily Observer at the Gbarnga Police Headquarters, Tokpa admitted attempting to sit the entrance examination for his girlfriend so that “she” could pass since she has failed five times in a row.

According to security officers, Tokpa was apprehended because the Identification (ID) card in his possession and the name on it did not correspond.

“My girlfriend had attempted several times to enroll at the Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing, but the entrance has been the stumbling block for her, so she and I agreed that we should cheat in the examination in order for her to make a pass,” Tokpa admitted during interrogation.

He also told the Observer that he graduated 2013 from the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), where he had read agriculture. He said he is the only source of income for his family, adding, “so I want my girlfriend to be a professional midwife to generate revenue for our family, which includes two children.”

Meanwhile, police in Gbarnga have charged Tokpa with fraud and said he will be prosecuted for his action.

Roland, arrested and disrobed of his wig

The director of the Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing, Humphrey Luweh, described the situation as “unfortunate” and called on parents to teach their children integrity if they want to see them shoulder societal responsibility.

Mr. Luweh disclosed that the school’s administration will employ a new strategy in scrutinizing would-be applicants. “You have to be up to the task to enter this school, because you are going to be playing with human life.”

The Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing was established in 1975 by the government, to offer a three-year diploma program in midwifery, laboratory technician and physician assistant “free of charge,” but applicants are obliged to pass its annual admission exams.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is an honest crime and this should be an exception to let the girl be enrolled. The girl friend is desirous of becoming a mid wife, I think there is a lots of beaurocracy in our school systems in that we must trust our high schools. There should be a standard set so that depending on the person’s high school record qualify him or her for entertaining the university. The world is changing and going ahead but Liberia is still holding onto the laws that were enacted during J.J. Roberts time. As a result entering the university is one and getting employment is another which are all hard( contributing to Illitracity)

  2. Well Richard, no this is not a honest crime! It is extremely dangerous for society to let such an individual become a midwife. How would you feel if your family member was admitted and this individual who missed out on the theoritical and probably practical basis for this field attend to her?

    It can be argued that traditional midwives in Liberia are not usually formally educated , but in a hospital setting this is very dangerous! As much as these traditional midwives are the “axis of good and hope ” in local settlements as well as some cities , more health centers manned trained staff, should be erected inorder to relieve the traditional midwives from their duties. Too many complications happen! No disrespect to these traditional women who have offered their invaluable services to communities in times of need. I salute them!

  3. Well Richard, no this is not a honest crime! It is extremely dangerous for society to let such an individual become a midwife. How would you feel if your family member was admitted and this individual who missed out on the theoritical and probably practical basis for this field attends to her?

    It can be argued that traditional midwives in Liberia are not usually formally educated , but in a hospital setting this is very dangerous! As much as these traditional midwives are the “axis of good and hope ” in local settlements as well as some cities , more health centers manned by trained staff, should be erected inorder to relieve these traditional midwives from their century long duties. Too many complications happen and without a modern facility and trained staff, infant mortality rate will be high! Training them helps significantly but doesn’t solve the core problems. No disrespect to these traditional women who have offered their invaluable services to communities in times of need. I salute them!

  4. Well, I think justice should prevail and appropriate action be taken against Mr. Tokpa so as to deter future occurrence. In as much as Mr Tokpa wanted the best for his wife and for that matter his family, he should have also consider what’s best for the general public especially when it comes to human life. Medical field is not a place for crunching or making up numbers as done in other areas. The best thing for Mr. Tokpa to have done is to either set up a small business for his wife or better still send her to a trade school like tailoring, baking or even doing apprenticeship at a beauty salon. This is not a way forward and we must all condemn this act. Kudos to those security guards for their swift intervention which otherwise would have resulted into the already problems in our health sector. Hopefully, other medical institutions can follow this example and be strict into admitting people into their medical.

  5. This was a classic display of academic dishonesty, If Mr. Tokpa really wanted the best for his wife/girl friend, he should have prepared her to still sit for the admission test instead of spoiling his own name as a fraudster. Though he had good intention for his girl friend, but he acted to put the society at a
    disadvantage.

  6. Medical school is no joke and people opting to enter must be prepared. Sorry Tokpa but even if u had done her exam, I’m still sure she couldn’t have made it through since the entrance has been an obstacle. Imgine a mere entrance being an issue, think of fundamentals of nursing, A&P, OBGYN, PEDS and the list goes on. Let her choose another profession. Everyone was not born to be a health practitioner. Besides cheating is a real grave crime in this profession. This was unethical and criminal should it has happened while in the school.
    I’m sorry Mr Tokpa, pls find another profession for your spouse.

  7. Tokpa has tried for his beloved girlfriend. You just cannot blame the guy from East to West without giving a medicum of a credit. Maybe, Tokpa’s girlfriend told him bluntly that if he did not take the test, their relationship would seize to exist. We will never know the intricate details! So, out of desperation, poor Tokpa gave it a try. But in the process, the stars aligned negatively against Tokpa. Tokpa got caught.
    The Tokpa-and-girlfriend prank presents an egnima. So as we scrutinize Tokpa’s motivation, we ought to consider pragmatism as a guide. Tokpa’s girlfriend is an accomplice, a co-conspirator, etc. Should poor Tokpa be given a few years behind bar, Tokpa’s girlfriend should serve some time as well.

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