The Head of the West African Examinations Council or WAEC Monrovia office John Gayflor says over 46,000 candidates will write the senior high exams beginning today, Monday, 27 June throughout the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia.
Mr. Gayflor said the purpose for the examinations is to evaluate the potential of candidates who really acquired knowledge from their instructors after spending 12 years in the classroom. He said the exams are standardized so students or candidates should harbor no fear as the intention is not to punish any candidate during the week-long exercise.
Speaking recently on a local radio station in Monrovia via mobile, the WAEC boss pointed out that in terms of safety for examination materials, stringent measures have been put in place to avoid fraud this time around.
The Ministry of Education in consultation with WAEC had earlier cancelled the exams following reports that test papers were stolen at the Konola Mission Academy in Margibi County. Mr. Gayflor said all depots and testing centers are being protected by police officers to ensure there is no act of burglary, and called on candidates to be self-confident.
He noted that during this period of heavy downpour, deplorable roads are serious challenge, especially in Southeast Liberia where examination materials are being transported, and appealed to the public for vehicles or helicopters to airlift materials to meet the required schedule.
“The rainy season issue is challenging to everyone, especially in the southeast that is while we are asking the public to help us. We will do everything humanly possible to get to those challenging areas even if it causes us to walk; we will do so,” he emphasized.
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne