By Ola Adeola
Only one student out of 42,000 who sat for the West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE, passed in Liberia.
The successful candidate, Armstrong Gbessagee, 18, is from the J.J. Roberts United Methodist School, in the capital, Monrovia. Speaking on his feat, Gbessagee said, “No matter where you are from we are not less, intellectually, than other people from across West Africa. I hope others see this as a motivation,” he said.
The regional examinations are held in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia, all English-speaking countries, to test students’ knowledge.
BBC report adds that 1n 2013, nearly all 25,000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reacted by calling the education system “a mess”.