A visiting United States-based Liberian primary school teacher Madam Elaine Saba is volunteering her services while here, drilling 12th graders preparing to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations or WASSCE, annually administered by the West African Examination Council, WAEC.
The intent of the practical exercises is to adequately prepare students in how to go about correctly answering exam questions, including reading comprehension. Volunteering her expertise at the John Lewis Morris Memorial United Methodist High School in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia she cautions students to be mindful of how they read and answer questions on the exams.
Lecturing on the practical strategies to correctly reading and answering the English component of the examination, Madam Saba, who hails from Maryland County in Southeast Liberia, but currently resides in the United States, explains that the study is to help high school students in understanding the dynamics of the WASSCE, which would enable them make a pass at the end of the process.
The Liberian educator, January notes that from her interaction with the students, she is confident they will make a successful pass in the impending exams.Meanwhile, the second school to benefit from the exercise is the Effort Baptist School also situated in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.
According to the Ministry of Education (MOE), the exercise is a pilot project that requires all senior high school students across the country to go through compulsory study classes.Last year, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah, pronounced the Government of Liberia has allotted funds to conduct extra study sessions for 12th graders expected to write the regional exams that are administered simultaneously in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, The Gambia and Nigeria. The exercises, which bring together 148 12th graders of the school, were held in the auditorium of the Paynesville City Hall.
By Emmanuel Mondaye