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Educator Blames WAEC For Mass Failure
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
GANTA, August 29 (LINA) - The Principal of the Harriette E. Parkinson High School in Ganta, Nimba County, has blamed authorities of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for the mass failure of Liberian students in this year's exams.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the weekend in Ganta, Mrs. Ruth Paye cited the selection of few individuals to mark test papers; failure of WAEC to decentralize its activities and provide security to keep watch over test materials, as some of the major factors that contributed to the mass failure of students this year.
She also identified the early registration of candidates for the test as one of the factors that led to the poor performance, noting that school authorities were not given sufficient time to evaluate students before sending them for the test, which she described as “the gateway to higher education.”
According to Mrs. Paye, another factor that led to the mass failure is the two cancellations of the test, adding the students' zeal reduced before the test was finally administered.
She is calling on the administration of WAEC and the Ministry of Education to collaborate in addressing these concerns, stressing that when addressed, Liberian students will perform well in WAEC like their colleagues in the sub-region.