By Antoinette Sendolo
The government of Liberia through the Minister of Education has disclosed that all primary and secondary schools will close July 31 and some student might be promoted based on their performances. Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing, Minister George Werner said the school calendar for Early Child Development, Basic and Secondary Schools will revert to the normal cycle, with the 2015 condensed school year concluding on July 31, and reopen on September 7, 2015.
He noted that based on the new changes in the school calendar, with adjustments to promotions and WAEC dates, the new academic school year will begin from September 2015—July 2016 (for a total of 210 school days for Grades 1-12 and 220 school days for pre-school.
The Minister explained that when the new academic year begins, Grades 1—12 will close on July 12, 2016, while Pre—school will close on August 12, 2016 as part of transforming the Educational system of the country.
According to Mr. Werner, For the 2015/2016 school year, students will enroll in the grade appropriate to their learning to date, noting that students in Grades 1— 8, 10 and 11 may be promoted on the basis of attainment, as judged by their school; if they have met the learning objectives, then they will be promoted.
“Students who have not met the learning objectives will not be promoted; they will have a full cycle to learn what they need to for the school year just passed and Students who were enrolled in Grades 9 and 12 during the 2015 condensed school year will continue in that grade and be properly prepared for 2016 exams.” Mr. Werner added.
Mr. Werner also disclosed that there will be no WASSCE or WAEC Exams in 2015 for school-based candidates noting that Examinations will be held in May 2016 adding that students will be credited for fees already paid to WAEC.
According to the Education Minister, the changes in the school calendar go hand-in-hand with work being done to rapidly improve teaching and curricula in the country in order to have a better Educational system.