Days after the West African Examination Council (WAEC) announced mass failure in the 2018 WASSCE maiden exams covering senior and junior high schools, the University of Liberia (UL) has come up with another whopping number of candidates who have failed in its recently administered entrance.
According to a UL release issued over the weekend, a total of 1,901 candidates, amounting to 17.5 percent of those who sat the entrance exam, met the university’s passing threshold after the scores were tabulated for all undergraduate colleges.
The university said its May’s entrance was administered to 10,837 candidates.
“The UL Faculty Senate on Monday, July 9, approved three divisions that included “Regular Pass, Provisional Pass and Unsuccessful categories to determine admission and non-admission to the UL, based on the results,” the release said.
The university added that to be in the Regular Pass category, candidates must have scored at least 50% in Mathematics and at least 70% in English or scored at least 50% in Mathematics and at least 50% in English. A total of 1,021 candidates met this threshold and are now qualified for admissions to the UL.
Regular Pass candidates may register for up to 18 credit hours during their first semester in a college of the UL.
To qualify for the Provisional Pass category, candidates must have obtained an average score of at least 50% when their Mathematics and English scores are combined. A total of 756 candidates met this threshold and are also qualified for provisional admissions at the UL.
Those passing provisionally are restricted to register for no more than 12 credit hours during their first semester in a college at the UL, and those credit hours must include Freshman Mathematics (101) and Freshman English (101).
Results of the David A. Straz-Sinje Technical and Vocational College in Grand Cape Mount County showed that 29 candidates obtained a regular pass and 42 candidates obtained provisional pass; while similarly, results from the College of General Studies showed 19 candidates obtained a regular pass, and 34 candidates obtained a provisional pass.
Therefore, when the regular and provisional scores are combined for all undergraduate colleges, including Straz-Sinje and the College of General Studies, a total of 1,901 candidates passed the May 2018 UL Entrance and Placement Examination.
This year’s results differ from last year’s results in a number of ways. For instance, in 2017, only 466 candidates or 6% passed out of a total of 7, 735 registered candidates, compared to this year’s 1,021 candidates or 9% who passed, out of a total of 10, 837 registered candidates.
The results also showed that 1,021 candidates obtained a regular pass in 2018, compared to 2017. Last year, 1,195 candidates out of a total of 7,735 obtained provisional pass, but this number dropped to 756 out of 10,837 in 2018.
A total of 8,649 candidates were unsuccessful on this first entrance exam. Unsuccessful candidates are those who earned an average score of less than 50% when their Mathematics and English scores were combined.
Three students—Pauline Erica Dolo, St. Philip Ecumenical High School; Flomo G. Nyainfelea, Laine Refugee School; and Tina Shinning Karwee, Calvary Temple School—each scored the highest in Mathematics of 90%.
Three other students—Alexander J. Tokpa, Williams V.S. Tubman High School and James Duwuo Kollie, Vionjama Multilateral High School— each scored the highest in English of 88%, with Abraham H. Sheriff, James Doe Young AGM School, coming in third, each with scores of 86%.
When the Math and English scores were combined and averaged, two candidates scored the highest average of 80%. They are Flomo G. Nyainfelea of Laine Refugee School and Abraham H. Sheriff of James Doe Young AGM School.
The Chairman of this year’s Testing Committee, Counselor T. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, thanked all members of the Committee for their individual and collective support.
“This report reflects the committee’s consensus and can be adequately defended by the University of Liberia,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Administration of the University of Liberia says it will administer a second entrance and placement exam for all undergraduate colleges and aptitude test for graduate programs and professional schools.
Registration for the exam and aptitude test, according to UL authorities, has commenced and will end on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
“The exam for the undergraduate division will be administered on Saturday, August 18, 2018,” the release added.