University of Liberia Entrance Exam Failed By All Students

The Liberian education system is in a "mess," said the country's leader.

Posted: 08/27/2013 02:00 PM EDT

What’s a first day at university without the freshmen?

The University of Liberia is about to find out after almost 25,000 test takers failed the school’s admissions exam.

A university official told the BBC that the students did not have a basic understanding of English and lacked enthusiasm.

"I know there are a lot of weaknesses in the schools but for a whole group of people to take exams, and every single one of them to fail, I have my doubts about that," said the country’s Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh.

"It's like mass murder."

BBC reports:

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate, recently acknowledged that the education system was still "in a mess," and much needed to be done to improve it.

Many schools lack basic education materials, and teachers are poorly qualified, reports the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh from the capital, Monrovia.

However, this is the first time that every single student who wrote the exam for a fee of $25 (£16) has failed, our reporter says.

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(Photo: Courtesy University of Liberia)

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