WAEC Results Out: Grand Kru, Cape Mount, Maryland Performed Poorly

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WAEC boss Dale G. Gbotoe

-But WAEC Liberia head says results ‘not bad’, lauds 57.99% pass rate

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) senior high school results released yesterday by the Monrovia National Office indicates that students who sat the exams in Grand Kru, Cape Mount, and Maryland counties performed poorly, with half of them not making a passing mark.

The exam’s summary report on a county by county level revealed that out of the 709 candidates from Maryland, 140 passed, while 10 students passed out of the 157 candidates from Grand Cape Mount County and only two passed out of the 71 candidates from Grand Kru County.

As for River Cess County, according to the statistics released, only 14 candidates made a successful pass out of 42 candidates. Gbarpolu County registered 67 candidates, but only 15 passed  and out of River Gee County’s 134 candidates, only 17 passed.

The head of WAEC Monrovia national office, Dale G. Gbotoe, said of the 554 schools that registered nationwide, 108 made 100 percent passing marks. The schools, he said, are located in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Margibi counties.

WAEC has graded this year’s results as the ‘best’ in the past two years, with an average success rate of 57.99 percent, which constitutes 17,981 students. “This means that out of the 31,009 candidates that took the exam, 12,138 of them did not make a  pass. They represent 39.14 percent,” Gbotoe said.

“While the results from some counties are not good, on an average level, it is a positive one. If you look at the results from 2014, we were not able to record a 50% passing rate. But, this year things changed with 57.99%, which is a very good and welcoming news,” Mr. Gbotoe told reporters yesterday at his Congo Town office.

He explained further that out of the 31,009 candidates that sat the exam, 14,442 were females, while males constituted 16,567.

“Out of the number of female candidates, 8,284 (57.4%) made a pass, while 5,746 failed. This means WAEC experienced an increase in the passing rate of female students, which had not happened in the last two years,” he said.

“As for the males 9,697 (42%) passed, while 6,392 miserably failed. This also means an increase in the number of students that  passed this year as compared to results from the last two years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gbotoe has announced that his office has withheld results for 826 candidates from five senior high schools for their school’s indebtedness to the office.

Also, results for 66 candidates were suspended due to alleged examination malpractices that included three candidates who were reportedly caught with mobile phones in the examination hall; 34 with foreign materials, one student impersonator, and 28 who were suspected of being involved in ‘irregular activities’ during the administration of the exam.

WAEC said two schools from Grand Gedeh County did not submit grades for 56 candidates, which means the students will not have results, although they sat the exam.

“This year, no candidates achieved division one, but 17,965 students comprising of 9,691 males and 8,274 females attained division three.

Marklyn W. Wingbah, of Carver Mission School, was graded the best performer in the 2017 WAEC national exams.

“However, 16 candidates representing 6 males and 10 females are in division two. Although we don’t have division one students, Marklyn W. Wingbah of the Carver Mission is recorded in our book as the best performing candidate.”

In the junior high section, Gbotoe said out of a total of 39,199, representing 98.23% that took the test, 25,008 passed, representing 63.80 percent; and 14,175 were unsuccessful, which constitutes 36.16%.

“16 candidates’ results are being withheld for examination malpractices. Darius Nyuntee Gbaa emerged as the best candidate for the junior high school,” he said.

Gbotoe added that 20,469 males took the exam and 13,350 made a pass, while 18,730 females sat for the test and 11,658 passed.

“7,109 males and 7066 females all failed. All in all, the results for the junior high school is also good,” Mr. Gbotoe said.

15 COMMENTS

  1. I am proud of Carver Mission Academy. This school is still in the business of teaching good academic excellence. For get the demerit slips, Rev. Logan telling to go home when you are late, and the missionaries giving you assignments every day. Some of us really went to good school in Paynesville.

  2. I am glad for the result to be promising and there is improvement in the education system. This is my question, which schools in Grand Gedeh County didn’t is not sent in students grade? This is not fair to the students but the schools need to be punish. Because some schools registered people who are not going to school name for the exam. Bravo to MARKLYN.

  3. Congrats to the teachers and students – Liberia progress is everyone success and this is an encouragement for our country…

  4. I don’t quite understand. Why did they change our own format; modeled after the U.S System? I believe we’ve heard that old saying: “It’s not easy to teach an old dog new tricks” We should have stayed on course. Didn’t people become Engineers Doctors Lawyers…? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the American format. It’s a matter of making the best of it. “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”

  5. These results ought to be more holistically disaggregated to provide a clearer picture of the students’ and schools’ performances, and the areas needing attention. It is not enough to spew out figures when the actual picture, in terms of subjects and topical deficiencies are not captured in time to support instructional reform and improvements!

    Great Job students and WAEC!

  6. It is very encouraging to know there is some improvement. Congratulations to all the Students who made it and much encouragement to those who didn’t. Please strive to do better the next time. It is inspiring to know Liberia continued to make the effort to be counted when looking at the whole picture painted in West Africa. My sincere prayer is that the Administration continued to strive for progress. The Ed Department should also hold those in positions accountable in order to avoid a repeat of Schools not making all efforts to meet the criteria for the Students who sat an exam to get their results. Shame on all Schools in this category.

  7. THANK YOU MR.GBOTOE,
    BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING LET ME GIVE THIS QUOTATION FROM FELIX BLOCH.

    “I AM SURE MY FELLOW-SCIENTISTS WILL AGREE WITH ME IF I SAY THAT WHATEVER WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE IN OUR LATER YEARS HAD ITS ORIGIN IN THE EXPERIENCES OF OUR YOUTH AND IN THE HOPES AND WISHES WHICH WERE FORMED BEFORE AND DURING OUR TIME AS STUDENTS”.

    ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.WHAT YOU PLANT NOW,YOU WILL HARVEST LATER.IN YOUR JOURNEY TO ACHIEVE MANY SUCCESS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR OF LIBERIA,EXPECT LOT OF OBSTACLE ON THE WAY,EAT THEM FOR BREAKFAST.

  8. I am glad for the increase in the number of students who passed, but what can we do to get more students prepared so that they pass the exams as well? Are there preparatory classes for the exams in place? What do the schools have in place to help their students prepare for the exams?

  9. Gbotoe, I want to appreciate you and your entire staff and management, also I will like command our students around the country. I want to remand that next time let each school be listed so that our kids can be able to find their results

  10. teachers across the country need to be held responsible for this kind of results. we should not accept did well as a success in our society. teachers need to be punished.

  11. Comment:It so regrettable that grand kru county is not always doing well when it comes to public examination most precisely WAEC. Well we are are satisfied with the result.

  12. It’s great to here such results but I will like government to improve in the sciences which Liberian still experience it difficult. And also the rural sector must be given more educational attention because Liberia is not only Montserrado, Bassa, Margibi.

  13. I am very proud of our students this time. It means that the educational system of Liberia is gradually changing from mess to best.However, the ministry of education has to find ways in which they can help the counties that always perform poorly in WAEC most county Grand Kru.

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