Over 20,000 9th, 12th Graders to Sit National Exams In Liberia

By: J. Moses Gray

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

April 29, 2003

In spite of the prevailing situation in the country, the national office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), has revealed that several thousands 9th and 12th graders are scheduled to sit this year's national examinations in a few days time.

According to the WAEC office, 12th graders are expected to sit for their exams from May 5th thru' 9th, while the 9th grade examinations will run from May 12th to 13th.

According to statistics obtained from the WAEC national office, about 10,500 twelfth graders and 11,650 ninth graders are expected to sit the examinations. Montserrado County accounts for 80 percent of the total registered candidates at both levels.

However, due to the prevailing security condition in the country, information gathered from the WAEC office indicates that the examinations will be administered fully in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi counties, as well as parts of Bong County.

That is, some adjustments have been made in examination centers to afford all registered candidates the opportunity to sit the exams, according to the WAEC national office.

The exams council is therefore, calling on candidates from Bong, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee and Sinoe counties who are now displaced in Monrovia, that the newly erected commencement platform on the main campus of the University of Liberia will be used as an examination center for displaced candidates.

Besides, the WAEC has also created several other emergency centers to serve both regular and displaced candidates at both levels.

The centers include the Town Hall in Salala, Bong County; St. Augustine High School, Kakata City, Margibi County; St. Peter Clavier High School, Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, and the Harbel Field-house, Harbel, Margibi County.

Meanwhile, WAEC is appealing to all Liberians and friends of Liberia to create a conducive atmosphere for the smooth administration of the exams.

The WAEC office said, "we are counting on your fullest cooperation in the interest of the human resource development of our country, Liberia."

The Liberia Senior and Junior High School Certificate Examinations are both administered annually by the WAEC Monrovia national office to candidates at the 12th and 9th grade levels.

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