Several candidates for the 2013 Entrance and Placement Examination over the weekend staged a protest on the main campus of the University of Liberia and extended to other universities and centers in Monrovia.
The protest was a result of what is believed to be the deliberate delay by the administration of the Testing and Evaluation, which is being controlled by Dr. Dorbor Jallah as consultant of the University.
The protest led to the disruption of normal academic activities on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the UL campus, Stella Maris Polytechnic University in Monrovia and other centers.
The protest was staged by candidates for the 2013 Entrance and Placement Examination for the undergraduate program due to what they termed as poor planning.
The protest started when some of the candidates observed that another group of candidates were taking the test in security booths secretly.
The protesting candidates then expressed disappointment in the administration of the university after giving the process a wide publicity but failed to administer the exam on time.
Dr. Dorbor Jallah took over as consultant after Mr. Moses Barclay who had served as Director for Testing and Evaluation for nearly 20 years was suspended by the administration to put into place a good system for better results as there has always been a poor administration of the exam in previous years.
One of the candidates who spoke to our reporter expressed frustration over the attitude of Dr. Jallah as Consultant for Testing and Evaluation at the University of Liberia.
Some of the candidates who travelled from various counties to take the exam said they are going to compel the administration to reimburse their transportation and other expenses.
Speaking to this paper, many of the candidates said their action was due to the alleged failure of the UL Administration to administer the exam on time as the administration brought the test after 4:00 p.m.
According to a candidate, the UL administration failed to administer the entrance exam to various centers in Monrovia and its environs.
“Let me first make it known that it is the administration that is at fault and not the candidates because the school does not have the capacity to administer the test within the next four hours,” candidate Joseph Nimely said.
However, reports gathered by this paper said UL President, Dr. Emmet Dennis, has never held an emergency meeting with the Faculty Senate since the incident occurred over the weekend.
Many believe that the action of Dr. Jallah was deliberately intended to fail candidates and up to press time, the UL administration has remained tight-lipped.