Former Liberian Education Minister Dr. Evelyne S. Kandakai
Ex-Education Minister Kandakai Elected WAEC Chair
MONROVIA, March 24 (LINA) - Former Liberian Education Minister Dr. Evelyne S. Kandakai has been elected Chair of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Also elected in Nigeria as Vice Chair of WAEC is another Liberian, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, current Deputy Minister of Education for Instruction.
According to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the election of Dr. Kandakai as Chair of the Council is historic because it is the first time in the 63-year history of WAEC that a female has been elected to chair the Council.
Also attending the meeting are were Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh, Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Alhassan Conteh and the Head of the Liberia National Office, Mr. John Gayvolor, Sr.
Before her election to chair WAEC, Dr. Kandakai served in many educational capacities, including head of the Catholic Education Secretariat and worked with Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE) and later headed Liberia Education Trust (LET) as its first Executive Director.
LET was established in 2006 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to provide scholarships for disadvantaged girls in an effort to buttress the work of the Ministry of Education in assisting to provide quality education.
Under Kandakai’s leadership, the organization built 25 schools, a clinic, as well as provided numerous scholarships for disadvantaged girls and women.
LET also built eight libraries in some of the schools, and in some public schools around the country.