By Melissa Chea-Annan
A senior student of the SOS Hermann-Gmeiner International School in Montserrado County, Booker D. Harvey, has been named as the ‘Best Performing Candidate’ in the May/June 2013 National Examinations, administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Liberia. The Head of WAEC National Office in Monrovia, John Gayvolor, who released the results over the weekend, said Candidate Harvey obtained six credits, in English, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geography and scored a high average.
In a related development, Mr. Gayvolor said the results of 429 candidates were due to their alleged involvement in some forms of examination malpractices during the conduct of the examinations. Though he didn’t name the candidates involved, he assured that additional information would be released at the end of an investigation that is ongoing by the appropriate Committee of Council.
The Head of WAEC who rated the results as fairly good said it was unfortunate that the May/June 2013 Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examinations didn’t produce any candidate for Division I. However 100 candidates, including 55 males and 45 females from 38 schools obtained Division II in the examination. He said this result is better than the 2012 examination, where 82 candidates obtained Division II.
Giving a statistics for the May/June 2013 Examination, Mr. Gayvolor explained that 416 schools presented 26, 736 candidates for LSHSCE, and of that number, 18,523 or 69.28% of the candidates, including 10, 391 or 56.10% males and 8, 132 or 43.90% females made a successful pass.
Mr. Gayvolor further expressed satisfaction that for the first time in the history of the Council, the results for both Junior High and Senior High were released at the same time, and was an achievement based on the commitment of the WAEC staff that spent stressful nights at the office to ensure that the goals were achieved.
Commenting on the results for the Junior High School Certificate Examination, Mr. Gayvolor said 30,253 candidates comprising 16,558 males and 13,695 females sat the examination.
He said the figure included two hearing impaired (deaf) candidates one male and one female; and, four visually impaired (blind) male candidates.