Ten thousand four hundred and forty-nine candidates, who registered for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), began writing the test yesterday in six of the 15 counties, John Y. Gayvolor Sr., head of WAEC National Office in Monrovia has confirmed.
The six counties where the students registered are Bomi, Bong, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Montserrado.
Of the number of candidates, Mr. Gayvolor said 5,397 are males and the remaining 5,052 females.
He said the large turnout led the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Monrovia National Office to train and hire 348 proctors to monitor the students taking the exams.
“Seventy-six schools presented candidates for this third phase of the pilot test. This is an opportunity for the students to take advantage of because government committed to underwrite the cost of the exams during its pilot period,” Mr. Gayvolor said.
After this third and final pilot exam, each registered candidate will be required to underwrite the cost on their own without government intervention.
WASSCE, according to its website, is a standardized test in West Africa administered by the WAEC. It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries, now joined by Liberia, whose students are writing the test in its pilot phase for the third time consecutively. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa.
WASSCE is the academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams.
Mr. Gayvolor called on the candidates to approach the exams with courage and without fear, saying, “They were the same history curriculum they studied in Liberia that the questions are drawn from.
“We anticipate the best from our students who will score A’s in all eight subjects,” Mr. Gayvolor asserted.
He said his office expects no stumbling blocks for the students, noting, “We look forward to our students becoming excellent award winners, and to achieve that margin, the students are required to attempt all the eight subjects, which are the minimum required subjects.”
Meanwhile, the exam began in the six counties yesterday with the students sitting for both the multiple and essay questions for History.
Shortly after the exam, some of the students, particularly those at the Tubman High School Campus in Sinkor were optimistic that although it was just the first test, they expect nothing less than 90 to 100 percent pass from this year’s exam.