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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Liberia Students all fail University Admission Exam

Liberia's education minister says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year's university admission exam.

Nearly 25,000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities.

The students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English, a university official told the BBC.

Liberia is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate, recently acknowledged that the education system was still in a "in a mess", and much needed to be done to improve it.

Many schools lack basic education material and teachers are poorly qualified, reports the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh  from the capital, Monrovia.

However, re[ports say this is the first time that every single student who wrote the exam for a fee of $25 has failed.

It means that the overcrowded university will not have any new first-year students when it reopens next month for the academic year.

Students were reported to have said that the result was unbelievable and their dreams had been shattered.

Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh says she intended to meet university officials to discuss the failure rate.
Source: BBC

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