LIBERIA: WAEC releases 2021 exams results, as several students graded high

The Monrovia Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has released provisional results for examinations the Council conducted this year for school candidates in four categories.

Addressing reporters at a news conference on Thursday, December 30, 2021, WAEC-Liberia Head of Office, Mr. Dale G. Gbotoe released the delayed results in the categories of the Liberia National Assessment Test (LNAT), for 3rd Graders; the Liberia Primary School Certificate Examination (LPSCE), for 6th Graders; the Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE), for 9th Graders; and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), for 12th Graders.

Mr. Gbotoe intimated that 2021 was a very challenging year for the Monrovia Office of the WAEC, recalling that during the period of the conduct of this year’s examinations, seven of WAEC-Liberia staff and an officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) lost their lives while on national duties on board the infamous Niko Ivanka vessel that was sailing to the country’s southeastern region but sank on 17 July.

He craved the indulgence of those present at the press conference including media practitioners, to along with him observe a moment of silence for the fallen WAEC staff and the LNP officer, describing them as gallant men who lost their lives while on active duty.

“May their gentle souls and those of all faithfully departed rest in perfect peace,” Mr. Gbotoe stated.

He then disclosed that for 2021, WAEC conducted two types of examinations; the National Examination and the International Examination, for School Candidates in Liberia.

According to Mr. Gbotoe, the National Examinations were developed and administered to candidates in Liberia who were in the 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades, indicating that the Liberia Primary School Certificate Examination (LPSCE) and the Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE) have been conducted in Liberia over the years, but noted that the maiden edition of the Liberia National Assessment Test (LNAT) was conducted in 2021 and that it is anticipated that all schools will take advantage of this assessment in 2022.

“The Council’s International Examination, The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is available for candidates in the terminal class of senior high schools in all five English Speaking West African countries,” Mr. Gbotoe said, adding, “Unlike the national examinations, WASSCE is a common test that candidates write at the same time in the five countries for subjects that are available in those countries.

For LNAT administered for grade 3, the WAEC-Liberia Head of Office the exams were administered on 17 September, on the campuses of all schools that entered for the examination in 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties.

He stated that the candidates were assessed in two subjects: Numeracy or Mathematics and Literacy or Language Arts, indicating that of the total of 7,240 3rd grade candidates that registered for the exams, 4,971 sat for the tests, and 4,118 constituting 82.84% passed, while 853 candidates constituting 17.16% failed.

Mr. Gbotoe pointed out that the overall performance of the 3 Grade candidates on the National Assessment Test was very good and that the females performed slightly better than their male counterparts on the LNAT, for 2021.

For the Liberia Primary School Certificate Examination (LPSCE) administered to – 6th Graders, Mr. Gbotoe stated that the exams were administered at 329 centers on 21 and 22 September, in all 15 counties, in four core subjects: Mathematics, General Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.

The total number of candidates that registered for the LPSCE was 36,229, with 28,842 sitting for the tests, said the Head of WAEC’s Monrovia Office, Gbotoe, who noted that out of the total number of candidates that sat for the exam, 26,842 translated into 93.56% successfully passed, while 1,847 constituting 6.44% failed.

He intoned that the overall performance of the candidates on the 6 Graders’ examination was excellent and that the females performed slightly better than their male counterparts on the LPSCE, for 2021.

He added that the Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE), it was administered on 24 and 27 September, at 345 centers in all 15 counties, with 36,103 of the 40,744 registered candidates sitting, and 33,630 or 93.15% making a pass, while 2,473 constituting 6.85% failed.

The overall performance of the candidates for the LJHSCE, according to Mr. Gbotoe, was excellent, with the Monrovia Office Head noting that female candidates performed slightly better than their male counterparts on the LJHSCE, for 2021.

Winding down the release of the results, Mr. Gbotoe stated that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), it was administered from 10 – 30 September at 322 centers in Liberia’s 15 political sub-divisions, indicating that the overall performance of the candidates in WASSCE for 2021, at the passing rate of at least a subject on the Examination is encouraging, as compared to their counterparts who sat the same examination nationally for the first time in 2018.

He said nine subjects were offered on the examination with Arts Students sitting for seven of the nine subjects while the Science Students sat a minimum of eight of the nine subjects.

Regarding performance per subject, Mr. Gbotoe lauded the candidates, stating that the 2021 candidates performed better in two of the nine subjects; History and Mathematics.

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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.

20 Comments on LIBERIA: WAEC releases 2021 exams results, as several students graded high

  1. I have learned from some reliable sources that the 2021 WASSCE online results are out already but I’m actually finding it difficult to get my. In fact, when you reach to the place that talks about year of examination, you can’t see 2021 there. It’s jump from 2013 upto 202o for regular candidates. Only the private candidates had their results for 2021 there. So how can I get my result online?

  2. If a student passed in four subjects which are Eng., History, Geography and Economics, and without mathematics, does that student allowed to graduate?

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