UL Gets 10 Days To Disclose Entrance Results

The Independent Information Commission (IIC) has given the University of Liberia (UL) a 10-day ultimatum to provide information requested by complainant Peal P.H. Nyenkan who sat the 2012-2013 UL Placement and Entrance Exams.

The Commission in its decision levied a fine of LD$ 8, 500 to be paid into Government’s revenue within five working days as of the day of the decision; for the UL continuous absence from the hearings without any excuse and or disregard for the statutory powers of the authority of the Independent Information Commission (IIC).

The order was given to the University of Liberia (UL) over the weekend when Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman, Commissioner of the Independent Information Commission (IIC) rendered decision in a case Peal P.H. Nyenkan VS the University of Liberia (UL) at the Commission’s headquarters in Sinkor.

It can be recalled that after the 2012 and 2013 placement and entrance results were published, no candidate made a pass according to the Department of Testing and Evaluation of the University of Liberia (UL). Against this background, Candidate Nyenkan was not satisfied with the result and as such, he wrote the Department of Testing and Evaluation requesting for information relative to his entrance result: questionnaire, answer sheets and the method(s) of grading that was used by the University of Liberia (UL) but academic authorities failed to provide the information requested by candidate Nyenkan.

According to the IIC, Complainant Nyenkan then took advantage of the Freedom of Information Law and wrote a complaint to the Independent Information Commission (IIC) about UL’s denial of his request and sought the Commissioner’s intervention to review UL’s action and grant him access to the document requested.

The Commissioner’s analysis stated that throughout the case the University of Liberia (UL) presented no formal or definite response regarding why it denied Mr. Nyenkan the information sought and that the case, the UL showed bad faith by agreeing to do things that it knew it would not do, and at most times showed disregards to the statutory powers of IIC.

It further interrogated; “Did the University of Liberia (UL) think that the information requested was covered under any of the statutory exemptions provided under Chapter Four of the Freedom of Information Act, such as National Defense, Security or International Relations, Trade secrets?” But no such position was put forth to the complainant or to the Independent Information Commission (IIC) by the University of Liberia (UL).