Seven Secondary Schools in Nimba Massively Failed WASSCE

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12th graders of Buutuo Central High, who failed the 2020 WASSCE exams.

The Ministry of the Education, Nimba office had the massive failure of all students representing seven secondary institutions across Nimba, with three of the schools having their status reduced to semi-secondary schools because of their massive failure two years in a row.

County Education Officer (CEO) of Nimba, Mr. Moses Dologbay, explained that the 48 high schools representing Nimba in this year West African Senior Secondary Examination, seven failed massively in all the subjects, while the remaining 41 performed well, but could not explain or describe in detail the level of performances according to the respective institutions.

However, the Daily Observer independently gathered that the performance levels of most of the schools were not too encouraging, with most of the students failing the science courses; especially in Chemistry and Physics.

Mr. Dologbay in his statement boasted of the performance level of the 41 schools in the county and said the county education authority is inviting all the principles whose schools massively failed all the subjects, along with their respective district education officers, to answer questions why schools massively failed the exams.

He named the failing schools as, Tappeh United Methodist School, Christian High and St. Francis Catholic High, all in Tappita City, Saclepea Central High in Saclepea, Zekeh Memorial in Zekepa, Buutuo Central High in Buutuo and Saywah Doe in Gbloulay, Buu-Yao Administrative District.

Zekeh Memorial High School annex, Zekepa, Lower Nimba County

“Among these schools, three, including Buutuo Central High, Saywah Doe, and Zekeh Memorial have been underperforming two years in a row and we are still investigating what was the cause,” said Stanley Tozay, Administrative Assistant to the CEO.

Some of the factors that might be the cause of the poor performance of these schools, according to public opinion, are the shortage of qualified teachers, the lack of supervision raging from the principal, the district education officers, as well as the chief education authority of county, but the CEO, in an interview, attributed some of the causes to the school environment, where some of the schools are said to be overcrowded and need additional classrooms.

Saywah Doe Memorial High School, Buu-Yao Administrative District

An opinion poll suggests that, when the few qualified teachers are deployed, neither the principal nor the education authorities are doing appropriate supervision to ascertain whether those teachers are accurately following the curriculum as ascribed by the MOE.

“How can one teacher teache in more than two schools per day,” an elderly man wondered. “How effective will he be in his presentation, is he fully executing the lesson plan and following the curriculum and, is he not escaping some of the topics?” 

One of the parents explained that during the 1970s and the 80s, the DEOs would pay frequent visits to schools to ensure effective teaching and they sometimes carried on lesson observations, when necessary, but these are no longer happening.

“These days, school authorities are only concerned about how to increase school fees, collect DEO fees, CEO projects fees etc. Whether the kids are getting the requisite education, they don’t care,” said Freeman Brewer, a father of four.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I do not blame the students at all. I’m unhappy to see mass failures. But, I blame the administrators and the politicians. The politicians drive government-supplied automobiles to work. But somehow, it doesn’t occur to the politicians that students do not have their full set of textbooks. I cannot believe this is happening! During this day and age, why should any child go to school in Liberia without having a full set of textbooks?

    • Hney, I agree with you 100%! To add my “two cents”, the MOE should start to subsidize schools in Liberia. If they want us to pay these higher fees that they are charging, they need to start subsidizing school. Next, when they start helping the schools (they say that schools are their partners), they will have more say into how the schools operate. This is not just a Nimba issue, but a national one.

  2. The failure of seven schools constitutes just 9% of the total 48 schools.
    Some of the best and brightest brains of the nation come from Nimba. What is require for change is supervision.
    St Francis! What’s going on? Zekapa, where are the Gwegolos?

  3. These people are destroying the future of Liberia intentionally. This is even much more lethal than the AK47.
    If we don’t come to ourselves and take the bull by the horn to correct things immediately, there will be no or few qualified Liberians in the next 30 years to run administration, do technical, scientific and architectural jobs. Foreigners will occupy all key positions in our own country, and we will be left on the fringes of our own society.
    Stop playing politics with education in Liberia, my people, stop heeeeeeeeeeeeey!

    Rethink and structure the educational system of Liberia. How can you have a high school in Buutuo, Zekepa, etc? Just look at the building they call a school building in Zekepa. Do you mean business as a country independent since 1847?
    Equip schools in Saclepea, Tapita, Karnplay, Sanniquellie and Ganta, as well in other counties of Liberia. In villages of less than a thousand inhabitants, we must have at most a Grade 9 class. Senior high school students should be able to travel to any of the towns and cities above to continue their education.
    Don’t expect me, as a qualified government teacher, to accept a job to teach a senior high school in that building in Zekepa. You are making mockery of education. The wicked part of this thing is that those who sign unto such projects will NEVER send their children or relatives to such schools.

    Stop being wicked to Mama Liberia. This is no pro-poor agenda! Liberia is really on drip, may God come to our rescue to undo these ignorant, inept and notorious rogues come 2023. God bless Liberia!

  4. Comrade EKA,
    Thanks very much for your kind words. Be reminded that you have made some excellent points as well.

    My background is in Education. Not bragging at all. I have worked in two school districts in two different states. But I am not in the school business anymore.

    When I completed my student teaching, I was assigned to teach at a school where 90% of the students were white. My black female principal was very intelligent. She wanted me to succeed in a mostly white environment. So, she helped me in every sense of the word. My classroom was decorated as a genuine education environment. Posters were hung up on the walls of my classroom. Guess what? When classes began, the white parents were surprised. I can’t go any further.

    Just take a look at the high school building above. Starting from the roof of the building, doesn’t that give you a reason to pause for a second? The zinc on the roof is turning to a brown color. In a few years, the color of the zinc will turn black. Watch it.

    Moving on, take a quick look at the school building itself. The school building is in need of paint. Where’s the supervisor of schools in Nimba? Or, where are the principal and his or her assistant? Are they blind?

    Lastly, the grounds of the school. Pictures can certainly delude. From my meager vision, at least thirty bags of cement can be used to cover the campus of the school from corner to corner. Getting inside of the school building, there could reasons that will make me cry. A good toilet. A library. Good desks. Student cafeteria.

    If a single lawmaker’s car costs the government of Liberia $45,000, isn’t it possible for the same government to spend $1,000.00 to refurbish a school?

    I do not expect Weah to storm a specific area in Liberia to talk about school improvement. However, I do expect to see the lawmakers in Liberia (not just Nimba) work with the Ministry of Education. People have to work in concert with one another.

    Someone may attack me for criticizing a school building in Nimba. I’m waiting. If the school building above were in the county of Maryland, I would do the same. I care for Liberia. The youth of the country need to be cared for regardless of the county.

    ☮️

  5. It all boils down to one thing: the creation of jobs!
    The economy can improve with the right people to put in the right incentives that can attract investors. Killing auditors and children for rituals has NEVER and will NEVER improve anything in Liberia.

    If you went to school to become a mechanic, stay a mechanic and strive to be the best in your domain in Liberia. If a plumber, strive to be the best.
    Don’t study to become and mechanic, then take up a job as public administrator or education officer, you kill an entire country and people.
    We have people who hold certain positions in Liberia just for the money or to steal. When will this too come to an end? They do not realize the harm they are doing to the country. They will become to realize it when a good administration is ushered in where we will need the required skills to do some jobs. Foreigners will then begin to naturalize to occupy such positions. Liberians, let’s stop being stupid!

    We are very rich to have such schools in our villages. Why should we always be mediocre, even in basic infrastructure development? Liberians like to say, “one is better than nothing”. True, but the one should meet some basic requirements for human beings.

    My people, stop voting for greedy and selfish people who will come to you during elections to distribute bags of rice, cements, etc. against your votes. Ask them what they can do for your village, district, clan or county. You enrich those crooks for nothing, and they kill you forever.

    That building in Zekepa is a pigpen for a rich county like Nimba!

  6. Mr. Defender,
    Picking up on the subject of, “if the economy can improve with the right people”…. I think your point is meritorious! Sadly, there’s a wonder. A big wonder.

    A majority of the people who are in positions of authority are very educated. But, once they hit the shores of Liberia from whence they obtained their education, they degenerate into jungle mentality. I wonder why it happens.

    I know a Liberian guy who was very educated. He returned to Liberia in order to work for the government. Sure indeed, he landed a good job. But a few years later, the “ungentleman” became dysfunctional because of excessive drinking. He grew a big gut and then later on, because of his dysfunctionality, he died.

    The ungentleman I have described is not alone. Scores of educated Liberians who return to Liberia (not all of them) get sucked into what I call “third-world jungle disease.”

    My other point to be made is that when “some” educated Liberians return home with an impressive resume, they get established quickly. So that’s good and dandy! But once they obtain a job in the government, they become turncoats and bother not to keep in touch with their own people, neither do they bother to get into business in order to create jobs.

    Jobs can certainly be created if you have an ambitious body of people who mean business. Liberians need jobs. Every body does not have to work for the government. I hope and pray that in years to come, diaspora Liberians will rise to the occasion in terms of going back home. Instead of working for the government, businesses can be established. When that happens, a few jobs will be created and of course, unemployment will be decreased.

    Let’s get work my fellow Liberians. We can turn our country around. Yes it is doable!

  7. We heard that someone killed the principal for Buutuo High School (my hometown) through witchcraft. The person who did this reportedly confessed and later died himself. A whole lot going on in those village schools where the students too are reportedly bewitching their teachers, while some of the teachers are also fighting for principal position. Go to Saywah Doe and Buutuo to hear this mess.

  8. Grand Frere,

    You said
    “A majority of the people who are in positions of authority are very educated. But, once they hit the shores of Liberia from whence they obtained their education, they degenerate into jungle mentality. I wonder why it happens.

    Let me share my experience with you: I went to Liberia twice, hoping to get a job to serve my country.
    During the first trip, it did not take me any time for my surrogate mother to get me an internship in a ministry. My supervisor or immediate boss had a brand-new computer in his office not being used. He also had a beautiful laptop on his desk which was also not being used. On day one in office, my boss assigned me a task while he left for class at LU.

    First, it puzzled me that my boss, a grown-up man, probably in his late 40s or early 50s, was still a student at LU, and so I presumed he was doing some courses other than his profession (Accounting / Finance). I was flabbergasted when I discovered that my boss did not even have a first degree in his field of work. How could he pamper me professionally?

    Secondly, I discovered that the 2 computers had been packed and never used because the guy did not even know how to switch on a computer before he can even use it. My discovery left me doleful for my boss, and so I started giving him some basic computer lessons, after he discovered that the task he left me with was beautifully done and presented to him on his laptop computer.

    Third, I saw myself almost explaining how to present the task in the form of a PowerPoint presentation to my boss, as he had to do a full presentation on what he had given me’ i.e. I saw myself supervising instead of being supervised.

    When I shared my experience with my surrogate mother 2 weeks later, she quizzingly gazed at me in bewilderment, asking, “were you the one who did that job he presented during the meeting?” Confused, I asked to ensure if we were referring to the same work, she nodded in affirmative.
    Guess what, this boss had a car (4×4), a driver, other incentives and well paid. Could I stay on, barely earning $30 per month as transportation allowance? I left for Cote d’Ivoire, as I could earn minimum $600 in this country just from tutoring people’s children.

    My second experience was also in a ministry which I saw to be like a family farm and so a fair promotion could possibly not be interpreted as such or may be construed as your attachment to a group of people or family.

    What am I driving at?
    Your first job was at a school with majority white students. You praised your principal for the role she played in making you to keep the job. It means your principal was a QUALIFIED, PROFESSIONAL and COMPASSIONATE lady.

    When the right people lead any organization or society, some things are easy to understand and automatically done. But when the inverse happens, you experience life as described by C. Y. Kwanue, a son of Buutuo, above. What is happening in Buutuo is exactly what is transpiring in the whole of Liberia.

    Grand Frere, I am not a politician, I have never commented Liberian politics in my life until now. But I have understood that whether you do it or not, politics directly and indirectly affects your life and livelihood.
    Liberia is at the crossroads. We need to begin to do things as normal human beings. To start with, the leadership must be voted based on merit, not pigheaded popularity.

    I was never a supporter or sympathizer of Ellen, but because she was qualified, some things were normal. Had she not been entangled with war and war debts, she could have worked miracles for Liberia, given the support she enjoyed from the international community. But she had to pay her war debts, appease her cronies and buttress her financial status in case of eventual legal pursuits.

    Weah will delay Liberia’s progress. We need to make good use of this chance we have to rule our own country. Liberia, like Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria, enjoys relative freedom and independence in its governance as compared to many West African countries. we must have people who have gone to school and gotten the required experience to lead us to prosperity.

    When we get a QUALIFIED, PROFESSIONAL and COMPASSIONATE leadership in Liberia, things will fall in place for people to excel as you did in the USA in your first job. Let’s not do politics with this fact, Grand Frere.

    Those qualified people who come and are later transformed is due to the inverse of natural order in Liberia.
    I would love to see you, with 2 master’s degrees, sit on the same table with your Grade 9 president, to exchange on reforms in the educational system in Liberia. Please, I look forward to seeing you come to do just that.
    The youth voted for him, and so to “please” them, you need just to pass in 1/9 subject to graduate, then go to university. Worse than the AK47!

    Our situation has become dire, let’s not play politics with it!

  9. Mon petit Frere,
    I am of the opinion that Liberia has been a messed up country for more than two and a half centuries. In other words, before Weah became president, Liberia was not doing too well in every aspect of life except maybe in the mundane area of sex! I am not kidding. Too much sex goes on in Liberia and that’s why we’ve got too much poverty and a population explosion. Weah certainly has his own issues, but I am reluctant to put all the problems of Liberia on his head. On the opposite side, I don’t know of any creature who could magically make Liberia a better country overnight. I am not looking forward to anyone.

    On a personal level, I am sorry to hear that you had a bitter experience when you went home to faithfully serve your beloved country. May God forgive the iniquities of our people.

  10. Error
    Look up! I meant to say “more than one and a half centuries”. Instead, I mistakenly wrote “more than two and a half centuries”.

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