By: Emmanuel TJ Kollie (Reporter)
The Ministry of Education says it is deeply impressed by the performances of Liberian students in the just ended West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations throughout the country.
Addressing a major press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, Education Minister prof. Dao Sonii said, despite the disruption posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the students performed excellently.
According to Minister Sonii with the latest results, it means the educational system is gradually taking a new trend as compare to previous years.
He said with the over 39,000 senior secondary students that wrote the exam over 81% of the total numbers of students made a pass in at least a single subject.
“We want to laud every school administrator, teacher, parent and our students for the success’’ Minister Sonii stressed.
The Liberian Education Minister has maintained that the recent result has further energized the ministry to go beyond the bounds to sustain success for every Liberian student.
Despite, the brilliance of academic performances by students, Education Minister Sonii has named sixteen senior secondary institutions whose all of their candidates massively failed in all subjects in Nimba, Margibi, Montserrado counties among others.
Meanwhile, Minister Sonii has warmed senior secondary schools against what he calls the hosting early graduation ceremonies.
He said schools that will be found violating such mandate will be fined in the tone of one million Liberian Dollars. “We want to warn all schools not to have graduation until January 2021, and for graduation, a student must pass in at least two subjects’’ Sonii maintained.
Prof. Sonii has also disclosed that beginning academic 2020/2021, 9thgraders should pass at least two subjects including mathematics and English to be eligible for promotion to the next grade level.
The Liberian Education boss furthered noted that beginning next academic year, third graders will for the first time sit for public exams, something he said is geared towards evaluating teachers on their understanding of the curriculum.
Also speaking, Deputy Education Minister for Administration Latim Da-Thong said, the government will begin the disbursement of 1million USD honorarium for private school teachers in the country by mid-December.
He said processes leading to the actualization of the disbursement are fast nearly completion, and therefore wants private school administrators to cooperate with relevant authorities to fast track the process.