Liberian students all fail varsity test

2013-08-27 12:44

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Cape Town - Liberia's education minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year’s university admission exam, a BBC report said on Tuesday.

At least 25 000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities.

"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," David-Tarpeh said. "It's like mass murder."

The development means the overcrowded university will not have any new first-year students when it reopens next month for the academic year.

The students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English, a university official said.

Liberia is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago.

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

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