By Abel R. Okai, GNN-Liberia, Bong County Correspondent/Cells#: +231-886-576-379 /+231-770-019-857/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gbarnga, Bong County – Several high school students in Bong County have expressed dismay in excess of approach the West African Examination Council, WAEC; have treated them on grounds of paying huge fees for the re-sitter Examinations in Liberia.
According to GNN-Liberia quoting the aggrieved students, said WAEC-Liberia has urged them to pay the amount of Three Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Liberian Dollars, provided whether one subject or more was failed in during the recent administered WAEC Examination.
“My parents don’t have money to cater to my fees while I am self-supported which I have to sell palm wine before my fees can be paid, yet many of us don’t even have parents who will do it for us, we are really suffering and with our current economy I think this is too much and this is a total exploitation”, said student Mary Kollie with those exact words.
Moreover, “WAEC-Liberia is deeply killing the education system in Liberia as many of us were unsuccessful in the just ended exams because of the constant changes of the examinations date wherein this is only an attempt to destroy and contaminate the system for us as students”, She added.
The students used the occasion appealing to the Government of Liberia and the Ministry of Education to see reason to question the Management of WAEC-Liberia about such an embarrassing act towards students in the Country.
Our reporter who visited several registration centers in Gbarnga and other parts adjacent, noticed, that over five hundred high school students were paying extra One Hundred Liberian Dollars each outside of the official taxation for the re-sitter, something the committee’s representative said for “registration form” with compunctions an reluctance on their faces.
It can be recalled; over 80 percent of Liberian students failed the West African Examination Council something the students termed as negligence on the part of WAEC-Liberia.
WAEC-Liberia, in an official statement dated October 18, 2016 said all those re-sitting the exams are to disburse a registration fee of Three Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Liberian Dollars to be opportune sitting the pending exams.
This year’s re-sitter of the WAEC Examinations is expected to commence shortly in the Country.