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.
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.