Yesterday the West African Examination Council’s Monrovia office announced June 27 to July 1 as the new schedule to administer this year’s WAEC tests to 12th graders across the country.
Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, advised all registered 12th graders to remain calm, adding, “Come what may, the set June 27 to July 1 schedule will not be changed for any reason.”
Mr. Gboto spoke via mobile phone with the Daily Observer after the newspaper reported unconfirmed claims of deferment of the exam to next year.
Similarly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the WAEC said it is constrained to inform the public that the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will be administered from Monday to Friday, June 27 to July 1.
“Rumors circulating about the postponement or cancellation of the WAEC exams are untrue and misleading,” MOE said in a release.
The ministry said education stakeholders including parents, candidates, school authorities, and the public are advised to adhere to the examination dates, which automatically will remain unchanged.
WAEC, the release said, “is very confident of administering the exams from June 27 to July 1 as was previously scheduled.”
MOE has also notified all 12th graders that no school administrations or candidates will be charged for the re-run of the exam.
MOE further advised that there will be “No collection of flexibility fees; candidates should not be denied their WAEC identification card (ID) number for not paying project fees; candidates are encouraged to abide by all rules and regulations governing the exams.”
Yesterday the Daily Observer reported the deferment of this year’s exam to next year.
The paper’s report was based on comments WAEC Monrovia office, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., made via mobile phone with this newspaper on Saturday that his team of administrators is committed to administering the exam, but did not say when the exams would be administered.
“We are still keeping to the exam schedule as everything is being done to avoid the reoccurrence of what we just experienced leading to the leakage of the tests,” Mr. Gayvolor told our reporter before hanging up.
Up to press time last night, what was not clear was whether WAEC had secured the amount of US$300,000 required to reprint the exams, fueling speculations of the deferment to 2017.
The excitement of thousands of 12th graders died down when it was announced that the WAEC examination was cancelled “because test materials have been stolen from their location at the Konola SDA high school campus.”
Following the stunning disclosure, the MOE said the new dates are from June 27 to July 1.