By Precious Gaye
With the climaxing of the trial exams yesterday in most schools, Administrators have extolled the shift in dates of the WAEC exams.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams has been rescheduled close to two weeks later than the previous date set, something that most school principals welcomed and expressed their views in a chat with the INQUIRER yesterday. The Head of Administration at the Bishop L.J. Barnes Mission School located in New Kru Town, John Chea, described the decision as timely and necessary although pupils in his school did not write the trial test. He disclosed that the change in dates will enable students to prepare better than the eight months earlier stipulated instead of the ten months preparation period. Speaking in the same manner, the Vice Principal of the New Era International High School located in Point Four, Bushrod Island, Alex Kipo expressed positive perception relative to the decision but further stated his disappointment with the responses he has seen while marking exams sheets. “I am grading the “Mock” tests especially literature and the sentence construction is poor hence the postponement is necessary,” Kipo asserted.
For his part, Vice Principal for Administration at the D. Tweh Memorial High School, P. Cyrenius Wrobeh Jr., acknowledged that with MCSS being a component under the banner of the Ministry of Education must work in accordance with the mandate given and added that the extension will enable the students better prepared for the imminent WAEC Exams. However, the Principal of the St. Mary Catholic High School in Duala, John Tamba, declined to comment on the issue. It can be recalled that recently the Director for Communication at the Ministry of Education, Maxim Bleetan, announced on ELBC Radio that the new dates set for Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE) is May 19-20 while Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will commence from May23-27, 2016.
He blamed the contractors’ inability of acquiring exam materials into the country in time and relevant authorities also mandated all schools where the public tests would be administered to remain closed from May 19 through 27, 2016 to allow students write the exams in spacious environments.