Even though 30,000 Out 46,613 Students Flunk WAEC Exams, Education Official Extolled Female Candidates, Punitive Action Awaits Other Schools

{By Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Reporter}

Dr. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction and GOL chief nominee to WAEC and Mr. John Y. Gayvolor, Sr. WAEC Head of Office in Monrovia
Dr. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction and GOL chief nominee to WAEC and Mr. John Y. Gayvolor, Sr. WAEC Head of Office in Monrovia

As over 30,000 Liberian high school students who sat the just end West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) exams flunked out of 46,613 students, the Ministry of Education say its statics showed that 7,200 females who sat for the exam made a successful pass.

The Ministry’s Deputy Minister Romelle Horton who poured praises on all female candidates who sat the exams made a significant marks, thus lauding the female candidates who sat for the exams.

She said the total of 16, 062 candidates that passed the exams, 7,200 were females, while 8, 872 were male candidates, noting that of the 46,613 senior high school candidates who sat the 2016 WAEC Exams, 22,671 failed the test, while 16,072 passed and 7,870 results are withheld for collusion and exam irregularities.

Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia Thursday, Minister Horton said apart from her be overjoyed for the passing of those female candidates, other officials are the ministry are greatly impressed with the performance of female students, something she stressed worth commendation.

 “Our girls are trying to close the gap between them and their male counterparts, especially with the release of the just-ended WAEC results; a lot of the females, according to the result did significantly well sciences – Physics, Chemistry and Biology,”  madam Horton stressed.

She praised those students who made high marks including Kulah Jerrut Kou of Soltaimon Christian School System; Mariam Katta from the Liberian Turkish-Light International School and Saraphen B. Dahn of the Firestone High School who made it in the Division II in the exams, urging them to keep up the good work; Division II is the second highest category of the WAEC exams.

Minister Horton congratulated candidate Kessely Kowoe from the Firestone High School for emerging as the best performer in the 2016 WAEC Exams, scoring high marks in English, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Economics, History and Mathematics, which are the seven best subjects on the exams.

She has meanwhile encouraged other female students, to follow the good academic example demonstrated by their kind in pursuing excellence in their educational sojourn.

In a related development, Minister Romelle Horton said the Ministry of Education has vowed to take punitive action against administrators who violate its instruction that schools wait for the results of the West African Examinations Council tests before graduating students.

She reechoed the caveat against the backdrop that a number of schools have already held graduation exercises recently under the guise of “thanksgiving services” prior to the release of the WAEC results.

The Minister did name some of those who violated the rule, but many schools are conducting their graduation under the disguise of thanksgiving service, while putting twelve graders during gowns.

Minister Horton in a strong tone indicated the Ministry of Education will institute punitive actions ranging from sanctions and other measures she did not readily disclose.

It can be recalled that the Ministry in June 2016 informed schools authorities that there will be no graduation program until the WAEC exams results were officially released.

Minister Horton has, however, observed that this policy has been violated by some schools which she did not name.

She indicated that in order for Liberia’s educational system to move forward, the needs of student must be met, while urging parents to play a major role in the education of the country’s tomorrow generation.

The Education Ministry official sounded a warning to parents and guardians to keep their children under watch, especially when they return from school to help minimize the mass failure in the educational system.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.