In spite of the nearly 30,000 unsuccessful candidates reported by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) this year, not all is doom. In fact, according to WAEC, there appear to be an elite number of high schools and students that have performed comprehensively well, according to
John Gayvolor, head of WAEC-Liberia office on Thursday.
‘Top 35’ Schools
Early results released by WAEC show a list of 35 high schools with a “100 percent pass rate.” In order words, every student from these 35 schools who sat the WAEC for 2016 made a successful pass. Notable among them are Ricks Institute and Firestone High School – both high-performers in WAEC annually. However, it is rather promising to see that some of the remotest schools – Buutuo High School and Karnplay Inland Academy – both in Nimba County, made the list of 35. The students from these schools are 1,241 in all, out of the national total of 16,072 successful candidates.
The 35 schools include St. Teresa’s Convent High School; George E. Simmonds High School; Levi C. Williams High School; Child Development Academy; Lutheran Training Institute; Ricks Institute; Bromley Mission School; James Kin Freeman High School; Pentecostal Assembly High School; Nowai Larteh Senior High School; Rock International Christian Academy; George T. Washington Christian Institute; Carr’s High School; Virginia Christian Academy; Richard C. Hunter School System; Christian Martyrs High School; Daniel Hoover Village Boarding School; Bishop
Matthew Norwood United; Caldwell Christian Academy; Jaycal Institute Foundation Learning; Zion Praise Academy; Sandra Mcinturff Mission School; Maretha International Preparatory School; Esther B. Davis High School; Drims School System; Greater Outreach Christian Academy; Mother
Victoria Thomas Orphanage School; Herbert Brewer Community School Of Excellence; Mother Esther Nyemah High School; Royal Academy Christian School System; Best Brains Academy; Montserrado Technical Institute; Buutuo High School; Toweh Memorial High School; and Karnplay Inland Academy.
‘Top 10’ Students
Gayvolor went on to name ten students, who achieved test scores in the Division II rank. These students include Duozon R. Gaye from the Soltiamon Christian School System, Margibi County; Jerru Kou Kulah of the Soltiamon Christian School System, Montserrado County; Miriam Katta of the Liberian-Turkish Light International School, Montserrado County; Alpha G. Peters of Bassa High School, Grand Bassa County; Saraphen B. Dahn, Elijah Fineboy, Kelezee Koiwu, and Zayzay Wolobah of Firestone Senior High School, Margibi County; Jallah A. Barbu, II of Ricks Institute,
Montserrado County; and Jeremiah J. Kekula of William Booth High School, Montserrado County.
Firestone Senior High School and Ricks Institute are the only two on the list of ‘top 35 schools’ to also have students ranking in the ‘top 10’ – Division II of WAEC 2016. The two schools have and continue to rank higher in the WAEC exams among other schools in Liberia, producing many high-performance students.
According to Mr. Gayvolor, Kezelee Koiwu of Firestone Senior High School, Margibi County is considered the best performing candidate for the May 2016 Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE). He said Koiwu obtained seven credits and has a T-Score of 516.8, which he scored 6*in English, 3* in Economics, 6*in Geography, 4*in History, 6 in Literature-in-English, 3* in Mathematics and 5* in Chemistry, reaping an aggregate 27 in the best of six subjects.
Koiwu’s achievement of passing marks in this variety of subjects may be laudable among his 46,927 peers in Liberia. However, education pundits see his test scores as a microcosm of both the students’ potential and the dire need for improvement of the nation’s education system.
“There is more to be desired in the context of the regional standard, in the WAEC regime,” an expert who preferred not to be named, said. “Four of his best six subjects scored in the lower level of the grading scale; his best two subjects were right at the middle line. And if indeed, according to the WAEC boss, Koiwu is the best performing student of the 34% of students who passed this year’s exams,” the source said, “then the quality of his performance is the sum of efforts not entirely his own, but those of the Liberian education system, the schools he has attended, the teachers he has learned under, his family, church, community, his friends and role models. And that means we all have a lot more ground to cover.”
“These May 2016 LSHSCE results produced ten candidates comprising seven males and three females within division II,” Gayvolor said. “We are delighted at their performance and want to encourage other schools to follow same.”