Edu. Minister Warns Against “Cheating” In WAEC

By Janjay F. Campbell

Some 27,882 students from various schools in the country are sitting the Annual Examination being administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The test began on Monday following announcement by the Ministry of Education and the WAEC office in Monrovia that the exam would’ve begun on Monday. Based on the announcement, thousands of Liberian students were seen on Monday at various examination sites designated by the administrators of the test.

Some of the students were at their various centers early 7:30 A.M. waiting to defend what they have learnt over the years in high school. Before the commencement of the exams, students were asked what they anticipate after doing the exams.

Some students at the Kendeja High School said they are looking forward to showcasing what they have learnt over the years, while others said they are looking forward to answering questions they have studied for the test.

At the end of the exams on Monday, most of the students complained that the exam did not start on time and that the time was too short. The students are therefore, appealing to the West African Examinations Council office in Monrovia to start the exam on time to enable them complete the test on time.

Meanwhile, The Liberia Education Minister, Etmonia Tarpeh has cautioned students who are writing the annual examination to desist from exam malpractices including payment of the traditional fee known as “flexibility fee”.

She said the flexibility fees enable teachers to be flexible on students who are writing the exams to engage in minor chat with a colleague nearby. Minister Tarpeh is therefore warning students to conduct themselves as students and take the exams very seriously.

At the same time, the Minister has warned school administrators to stop collecting flexibility fees from students and do away with other malpractices. She said that any student or administrator caught in act of malpractice will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.