LD$9,500 For WASSCE Re-Sitters
The Monrovia office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has started the registration exercise for Private Candidates who sat and failed the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Recently, WAEC announced that that of the 33,979 candidates that sat the WASSCE exams, only 11,544 candidates, representing 33.85% made a successful pass, while 21,580 candidates representing 65.15% failed the exams.
In brief chat with journalists recently, WAECE boss, Dale G. Gbotoe, said the registration process started July 6, 2018 and will end on August 6, 2018.“The registration fee is sixty-one United States Dollars or Nine Thousand five hundred Liberian Dollars (L$9,500). All interested candidates are to deposit their fees in WAEC’s Account…,” he said.
The Examination will be administered to candidates who failed the WASSCE exams recently. Meanwhile, most of the students who failed the exams are complaining that the L$9,500 requested by WAEC for the re-sitter exams is too high, looking at the harsh economic constraints facing the nation and its people.
They say, WAEC should see reason and reduce the money to a reasonable amount that can be affordable by majority of them.
“We pay US$60 during the initial registration process, we wrote the test and failed, how can we be made to pay US$61 or LD9, 500. We think that amount is unreasonable and need to be revisited. We cannot afford,” students Susan Kennedy, age 33 of the G.W. Gibson High School in Central Monrovia indicated.
For his part, students Albert G. Zoryou of the Ocean View Academy in Sinkor indicated that any amount between L$4,000 or L$5,000 will be affordable. At the William V.S. Tubman High School on the 12th Street in Sinkor, some of the students also agreed that that amount is too high.
On a minute basis, things process are increasing something the students say made it very difficult for them to raise the money. Back at the WAEC office, officials there could not say whether or not they will reduce the amount.
Currently, the Liberian dollar had depreciated drastically on the foreign exchange market, trading as high as L$163 to one United States dollar, the first of its kind since the founding of the nation in 1847.