Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



Massive exam failure in Liberia as only one student out of 42,000 passes national exams


A total of 42,000 students sat the annual west African regional examinations in Liberia, but only one passed the Division One level exams for entry to university.

Similar merits were held in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia, all English-speaking countries, to test students’ knowledge.

Analysts believe that civil war, poverty and unemployment have contributed to the massive exams failure in the West African country. Lack of basic education facilities like for instance classrooms, books and teaching staff have further worsened the situation.

The population fears that admission to the state run University of Liberia has exposed weak educational system with high school graduates eager to enroll at the University failing massively in the three recent exams administered by the University.

In August 2013, all 25,000 students that sat an entrance and placement examinations for admission into the University failed sending shock waves both locally and internationally on such poor performance.

This has sent a much-needed wake-up call to Liberia’s population and the government to investment in education

View more