University of Liberia Entrance Exam Failed By All Students

University of Liberia Entrance Exam Failed By All Students

All students who took this year's admission exam at the University of Liberia failed, reportedly due to poor English skills.

Published August 27, 2013

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)

Written by Patrice Peck

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