WASSCE: How Prepared are Liberian Students?

first_imgOn Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Head of the National Office of the West African Examinations Council in Monrovia (WAEC), Mr. John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., announced that the 5,034 students who registered to sit this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), will begin writing the exams today, Thursday.Reading from a prepared list of statistics regarding the number of registered students late Tuesday evening, April 1, at his Congo Town office, Mr. John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., disclosed that of the number of registered students, 2,569 are males constituting 51.03 percent, while 2,495 are females, who constitute 48.97 percent.To this number, Mr. Gayvolor reported an increment of 765 or 17.92 percent, against the number of students that sat the test last academic year.Unlike last year when students who sat the WASSCE represented 32 schools only in Montserrado and Margibi counties, this year students registered from a total of 47 schools in three counties, including Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa.The WAEC head of office told the Daily Observer that of the 47 schools, seven are publicly-owned and constitute 15.91 percent; the remaining 37 or 84.09 percent represent privately-owned or faith-based institutions.Processes leading to the registration of students for WASSCE, Mr. Gayvolor said, were “opened to all schools across the country, but with this number of students that registered for the exercise, it leaves one to wonder as to whether the Liberian students in general were adequately prepared for the tests.”With the writing of the WASSCE, WAEC is of the hope that by next academic year, writing of the WAEC may phase out, and in its place, the WASSCE will be fully activated.Writing the WASSCE will continue up to the end of the April 2014 in keeping with the rules that govern its administration.Unlike the WASSCE, which covers many more subject areas than its predecessor, the WAEC had previously been offered in only four subject areas, with multiple-choice questions. It later increased to nine subjects. But the WASSCE covers all subject areas, testing the breadth of each student’s world view through general knowledge questions.Considering Liberia’s own curriculum where the students are taught in nine to twelve subject areas, the WASSCE is more complex because of the inclusiveness of all subject areas from Math to Music, English to Economics, Shorthand to Computer Science, etc.At a stakeholders’ meeting three weeks prior to the commencement of the WASSCE, principals from various schools in Monrovia and its environs were expected to tell the WAEC administration how academically prepared their students are. Instead, some of them spoke of the constraints and challenges their respective schools were faced with due to lack of libraries, laboratories and modern (approved) curriculum and instructional materials.Some of them even spoke of lack of qualified instructional staff, meaning most of the teachers assigned to the high school levels were themselves not academically up to the task to prepare the students, particularly in the fields of sciences, which formed part of the compulsory subjects featured in the WASSCE.That open outcry from school administrators complaining of constraints and challenges in the sector sent signals of near-panic apprehension as to how well prepared the students would be for this new standardized test. This has no doubt invoked fears of a repeat “mass failure” by students, similar to the recent instance with the entrance exams at the University of Liberia in 2013.What is WASSCE?The WASSCE is a type of standardized test in West Africa. It is administered by the WAEC and is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries.However, there are two different types of the examinations: WASSCE, (November/December) also known by its former name, the General Certificate Examinations (GCE). All students from private and public schools are allowed to take this examination, and uniforms are not compulsory.Moreover, other rules and regulations are applied on every candidate.Then there is WASSCE (May/June) – also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), its former name. It is made for all private and public schools in West Africa.Students must wear distinctive uniforms as required by the standards set by the school boards. This examination is offered in the months of May to June, and the results are available by August.The following compulsory subjects including English Language, Mathematics, and Civic Education are offered for WASSCE candidates. Other subjects including Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Geography, Technical Drawing, Financial Accounting, French, Commerce, Economics, Physical Education, Metal Works, Auto Mechanics, Music, Shorthand, Clothing Textiles, Islamic Studies, Literature in English, Building Construction, Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa Languages, Foods Nutrition, Visual Art, Typewriting, Christian Religious Knowledge, History, Arabic, Agricultural and Health Sciences, Applied Electricity, Electronics, Woodwork, Home Management, Government, Computer Science and Information Technology.  Students are expected to choose from among the list of subjects, based on academic or possible career interest, which one they would be best prepared to write.With this elaborate list of the subjects, one would agree that the education system in post-war Liberia might still be in its infancy, if not “messy” state as the President once described it since, at some of the high schools, particularly the public schools, none of the subjects that are listed for WASSCE are offered or even introduced to the students as a possible focus.The curriculum does not offer any of Liberia’s 16 tribal languages as one of the required subjects.  The Vai language of western Liberia is one of the only African languages that can boast of its own, original script.  Also, at the university level, where Kpelle is being introduced because of its popular use throughout the country, the teaching manuals are scarce, if at all available.The preparedness of majority of Liberian students for this new academic regime (WASSCE), therefore, leaves much to be desired.At the completion of these exams, students will be graded by merit and sorted into categories of performance.  The top three categories are known as divisions, with grades between 65% (Division 3) and 100% (Division 1).  To achieve a borderline pass in the exam, a candidate must obtain (score) a grade point between 100 to at least 44 percent.No doubt, the bar has been raised and, with the ousting of the infamous “flexibility fees” and pre-WAEC camps conducted by schools, the chances of cutting corners by both students and school administrations alike are getting slimmer.  The only way up may through good, old-fashioned discipline and hard work.  Perhaps one can begin to look forward to a caliber of schools that can make their students stand out, and a reciprocal caliber of students that can make their school(s) proud.But beginning today, each school and each student will have to face the test, standing on his or her own two feet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LGC course to be named “Green Anaconda”

first_imgThe Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) course has been tipped to be officially renamed “Green Anaconda”, according to club President Aleem Hussain.The constantly upgraded Greens at Lusignan have been a major part of the facility’s overhaul, as the club is tipped to become a 5-Star country golf club by the end of 2018.Speaking with Hussain on Saturday during the LGC’s El Dorado Golf Championships, the President confirmed that the name Green Anaconda was derived from the course’s aggressive demeanour, as it relates to being one of the most difficult courses in the Caribbean.He added that the “deadly” course has been bringing out the best in golfers over the years; moulding some of the best pros in Guyana and around the Caribbean.Regarding the renaming, Hussain said an official ceremony will be held in the future.With golf booming more than ever in the past 6 months compared to the entire 2017, Hussain also said, parts of the venue will be specially awarded to sponsors who will have their logos and brands depicted proudly at the Club.Also, the LGC is preparing to host a Lusignan 2-day club tourney, set for the last weekend in July. Following the event, the Club will, for the first time ever, host a Shivnarine Chanderpaul Celebrity Invitational tournament sponsored by Windsor Estates.The year of major activities will culminate in November with the biggest event of the year, the Guyana Open Cup, teeing off over a three-day period. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Mahdia man jailed for gun possession

first_imgA miner was on Tuesday jailed for two years when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on gun and ammunition charges.Jailed: Ozario DeSantosOzario DeSantos, 27, of Lot 111 Miles, Princeville, Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), admitted to both charges.He admitted that on April 20, 2019, at Garraway Stream, Potaro River, he had in his possession a .32 pistol along with six matching rounds of ammunition in his possession.The prosecution’s case stated that ranks from Mahdia Police Outpost went to DeSantos’ residence in relation to a report which was made against him. The ranks conducted a search on his person and the unlicensed pistol was discovered on his waist.In a plea of mitigation, the unrepresented man told the court that he uses the firearm for protection.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the accused is known to the law since he was convicted in 2017 for a similar offence. He further stated that the man was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in absentia.Prosecutor Mansfield told the court that DeSantos was released on bail during the trial in 2017 when he had appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court but he never returned to court. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for him. In relation to this present charge, DeSantos was jailed for two years and fined $50,000. He will also have to serve the three-year sentence that was pending. Sentencing will run concurrently.last_img read more

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Oscars Kings still perfect after two weeks of Rec. League second round

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Oscars Kings continues to maintain a perfect record during the second round of the Fort St. John Men’s Recreation Hockey League season.The Oscars Kings were the top team in the Rec. League after the first round of the season concluded before the Christmas holidays, and have continued their dominance since the second round started on January 2nd. With the second round starting, the league has now been split into two divisions, with the Oscars Kings joining the other top six teams on the A Side. The Oscars Kings most recently beat Epscan 10-4 on Sunday night to improve to 5-0 in the second round. MRC Global sits in second place in the standings with a 3-2 record. MRC won their first three games, but lost to the HRFM Puckhunters 5-1 on Monday night. The Puckhunters round out the top three, with a 3-2 record and a goals difference of 17 for and 17 against.On the B Side, the Fraction Falcons also have a perfect 5-0 record to lead the division, ahead of Tidy Trucking (3-2) and Extreme (2-3). The Falcons beat Extreme 14-1 on Monday night, while on Sunday Tidy lost their second game of the round, falling 6-4 to Techmation Electric.- Advertisement -League president Mike Hamre says that the teams will all play 10 more games in the second round, which is due to conclude at the start of the Crystal Cup.last_img read more

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Lefty leaves door open at Nissan

first_img“This definitely shines a ray of hope on a lot of guys’ eyes, as well as (Mickelson) was playing,” said Jim Furyk, who is tied for sixth, four shots back. Mickelson and Harrington know things could’ve been much different. “It would’ve been nice to get a few birdies and take a few guys out, but we let the field back in,” Harrington said. It didn’t look like it would be that way at the start, as Mickelson picked up where he left off Friday. He birdied the first two holes and moved to a two-shot lead over Harrington. Mickelson made a two-footer for birdie on the first hole. PACIFIC PALISADES – The PGA Tour may be a one-man show, but without Tiger Woods, the Nissan Open almost became a two-man show. Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington had an opportunity to distance themselves and run away from the field Saturday at Riviera Country Club, but 10 players are within five shots of one another, meaning the Nissan Open could come down to the 72nd hole today. Mickelson and Harrington each shot their highest scores of the tournament – 69 and 70, respectively – leaving Mickelson with a one-stroke lead over Harrington at 13-under. Rich Beem, who aced the 14th hole, thereby winning a Nissan sports car, is two shots back at 11-under. center_img On the second, he hit his tee shot right and then hit a superb approach shot that curled around trees and landed within four feet of the pin. Mickelson made the putt for a birdie, but didn’t birdie again until the 10th hole. He had several errant drives and iron shots that led to consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12 and 13. Mickelson didn’t play his best, but he still left the course as the leader. “I was tied for the lead yesterday,” Mickelson said. “I’ve got a one-shot lead today. So, it’s getting better. It wasn’t the day I wanted, but it’s getting better.” He dealt with a couple of trigger-happy photographers early in the round who twice made him step away from a shot. After he backed off his putt on No. 5, he said, “Stop it, please.” He talked to the photographer after that and had no further problems. Mickelson’s most glaring error was on the par-3 16th hole, where he drove way right and over the green. He then hit a wedge over the hole on the other side, about 40 feet by the cup. He eventually made a 2-foot bogey putt. “Awful swing on 16,” he said. “I didn’t even try to make par there.” Mickelson fell into a tie for the lead after that gaffe but birdied the par-5 17th hole. He was on in two and two-putted from 40 feet. “I had a great day striking it,” Mickelson said. “I felt like this was going to be a good day. Somewhere along the line, iron shots just weren’t quite coming off. I missed a couple of fairways early on with 3-woods, and I was 4-under through 11 but the longest putt I had made was three or four feet. I didn’t make anything outside of that. And so I’ve got to get a little bit hotter with the putter. ” I’ve got to give myself more changes. I just kind of hung in there.” Harrington was scrambling as well. He was in the gully on the eighth, but hit a tremendous shot to within 7 feet. The ball stayed on the edge of the cup on his ensuing put, and he tapped in for par. This is the first time Harrington has played the Nissan and the first for Mickelson in five years. Mickelson won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week and is shooting for his second consecutive win. Each of the past two years he’s managed to win consecutive tournaments. But Mickelson and Harrington are anything but guaranteed to win. “There were a lot of low scores,” Mickelson said. “If Padraig and I had both shot low scores, we probably could’ve pulled away a little bit. Instead, it will be a shootout (today) with a lot of guys.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Griezmann wanted Sh55m-a-week to join UTD

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann was heavily linked with a move in the close season, but with Atletico Madrid under a transfer ban, signed a new contract to stay until 2022LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is said to be asking for as much as Sh55mn (£400,000)-a-week to join Manchester United.With Barcelona also said to be chasing the France international, Griezmann is reported to have significantly upped his salary demands should be sign for Jose Mourinho’s team. It is believed that United offered Griezmann a Sh40mn (£290,000) per week pay package ahead of the current season.With the January transfer window in full swing, there has once again been plenty of speculation around the striker’s future and according to a source from within Manchester United, the Frenchman would consider an Old Trafford move, if he gets what he wants.“The goalposts have moved significantly since the first attempt to sign Griezmann,” the source told the Sun.“The package offered last year which was agreed is now a lot less than what he wants next summer.“It might be too much even for us to afford. The club is desperate to sign him but it is an awful lot of money.“His people are making different demands which the club might be reluctant to give in to.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Praising Padilla

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There was enough hot air wafting out of the John Ferraro Council Chambers to warm up the chilly halls of Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday. The occasion was a prolonged tribute to Councilman Alex Padilla, who not-so-willingly turned over the presidency of the council to Eric Garcetti several weeks ago. Although the meeting started on time – thanks to the decree by Garcetti that tardiness is no longer condoned now that he’s in charge – the first hour and a half was devoted to ego-flattering presentations, including one in which West Valley Councilman Dennis Zine got an honorary membership in a ladies’ social club. Then, for about an hour, council members took turns piling on their fond memories of Padilla – the youngest person to hold the top council spot. The accolades included his public appearances right after the 9-11 attacks and his humble beginnings in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Forget that there were members of the public forced to sit through the endless praises of Padilla, a young man with ambitions for higher office. While Padilla is an honorable enough fellow and worthy of some praise, the over-the-top display of congratulatory sentiment revealed the high esteem in which council members hold themselves and, conversely, the lack of regard they have for the public, which has gotten so little back from the nation’s highest-paid municipal officials over the years. This is the kind of presentation better left to farewell parties at the Biltmore or perhaps oratory at a funeral. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Apart from the fact that the council under Padilla’s leadership accomplished no more for the public benefit than it did under the lackluster leadership of his predecessors, the oddest aspect of the affair was its prematurity. Padilla’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. He and his council colleagues seem a tad overconfident about Padilla’s besting of Assemblywoman San Fernando Cindy Montaez in the California Senate District 20 race next June. If he loses, he will be hanging around City Hall at least another year. If he wins, we can expect a tribute that might last through the night. Now that’s something to look forward to.last_img read more

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Students, parents sue over exit exam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Like hundreds of thousands of high school seniors throughout California, Nadira Wasi wants to graduate with her class this spring. To do so, she faces an obstacle that no class before hers has had to overcome – the state’s high school exit exam. Wasi, who is part of a program for students who need extra assistance in school, passed the English section but has twice failed the math portion. The 17-year-old from Natomas High School in Sacramento is confident she’ll eventually pass, but time is running out. She doesn’t like the exam and thinks the state is putting too much emphasis on it. “I don’t think it should hold up your graduation,” she said. On Wednesday, a group of high school seniors and their parents who are worried the test might prevent them from graduating filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Education and school Superintendent Jack O’Connell, claiming the exam is illegal and discriminatory. They are seeking a court injunction to delay the consequences of the exam for students in this year’s class. Wasi is not part of the lawsuit but would be affected if it is successful. This year’s senior class is the first required to pass the exit exam to receive a high school diploma. Nearly half the states have a similar graduation requirement. Lead attorney Arturo Gonzalez said the lawsuit likely will expand to represent tens of thousands of students who have met all local requirements to graduate except passing both sections of the exam. “Many students in California have not been given a fair opportunity to learn the material on the exam,” Gonzalez said. “These are good kids who have worked hard for 13 years to pass their courses.” At the start of this school year, about 100,000 seniors had not passed at least one of the sections – more than one-fifth of the state’s estimated 450,000 high school seniors. State officials have said they do not have updated figures, although they say the number is much lower now because students have had several chances to take the exam this school year. Gonzalez said the state failed to study alternatives for students who could not pass the test, particularly English-learners, as the legislation required when lawmakers approved the exam in 1999. The lawsuit also claims the state is denying some students their fundamental right to an equal education. The suit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court and names 10 students and their parents as plaintiffs. Defendants also include the state of California and the state Board of Education. Liliana Valenzuela, one of the plaintiffs and a senior at Richmond High School in the San Francisco Bay area, has a 3.84grade-point average and is 12th in her class of 413, according to the suit. She said she passed the math portion of the test on her first try but has been unable to pass the English section. “I have been working really hard to go to college,” Valenzuela said Wednesday during a news conference. “I have been on the honor roll for the last four years. … I really wanted to wear my cap and gown.”last_img read more

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Jason Quigley vows: ‘2017 will be massive year for Team Quigley’

first_imgJASON QUIGLEY will aim to make it 13-0 when he next gets into the ring in the spring of 2017, as the Ballybofey continues his drive to the top.Following an emphatic demolition of Jorgé Melendez at The Forum in Inglewood, California on December 17, Quigley delivered a real statement of intent.After only 144 seconds, Quigley had Melendez grounded three times and the Puerto Rican’s corner waved the towel. The win made it 12-from-12 for the Golden Boy Promotions middleweight, who now wants to make significant inroads next year.“Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo, Golovkin, Danny Jacobs… these are the boys that I need to beat, so these are the boys I have my eyes on,” Quigley said in an interview with BBC Radio Foyle.“I’m in this sport to become multiple world champion and make as much money as I can.“My next fight will be the end of February, start of March. 2017 is going to be a massive year for Team Quigley because, for me, I just want to keep climbing the ladder. “I want them belts. I have an end goal of being world champion. There is nothing on my mind only my next fight. That’s another hurdle on the path for me and I have to get over that hurdle.”Quigley scored two huge wins in 2016. Having dispatched Freddy Lopez in March, the Sheer Sports-managed fighter scored an impressive decision win over the durable James De La Rosa in May.Injury delayed his return, but his double-quick destruction of the seasoned Melendez once more outlined his credentials.Quigley said: “On paper that was the toughest fight of my career.“He has 39 professional fights. That man was dangerous. “The way it panned out, I made it easy for myself. You don’t get paid for overtime in boxing. The easier you make it, the better.“Ask 100 people how that fight would pan out, 99 per cent would have said it would be a tough ten-round decision fight.“It’s been a great year for growing and learning and also moving in the direction I want to move –and that’s becoming world champion. I’m on that journey and I’m on that path right now.”You can listen to Jason Quigley’s interview with Barry Whyte here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04mq0cs Jason Quigley vows: ‘2017 will be massive year for Team Quigley’ was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jason Quigleylast_img read more

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HUNDREDS OF DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY MARCH

first_imgDonegal protestors in Sligo on SaturdayHUNDREDS of people from Co Donegal today attended a march in protest at the Government’s decision to pay off the debts of the disgraced Anglo Irish Bank.Joe Murphy, from Donegal Action Against Austerity, was among those who joined an estiamted 7,000 people on a march through the streets of Sligo.“It was a great turn-out and a powerful message to the Government,” said Murphy. Debt burden marches also took place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.ICTU said more than 110,000 people took part in the demonstrations but Gardai said it was 50,000.Several gardai from Donegal also took part in the Sligo march. Advertisement ICTU General Secretary David Begg told the Dublin crowd there would be more “stoic little pixie-heads” and no more “Mr Nice Guy”.He said the situation where Irish people were paying 42% of the European banking debt burden was not fair.Gardaí said around 6,500 people took part in the rally in Sligo town.A rally took place in the main street, which was addressed by a number of speakers including union officials and a representative of the Senior Citizens Parliament.  Advertisement HUNDREDS OF DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY MARCH was last modified: February 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HUNDREDS OF DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY MARCHlast_img read more

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