Dear Liberian Students, We, a group of concerned citizens of the Republic of Liberia, having heard about your successful passes in the 2012 National Examinations administered by the West African Examination Council, write to congratulate you on your achievements.
Since the war period, there has been this stigma on you Liberian students that you cannot perform satisfactorily on public tests, that you are not studious and hard-working, and that you cannot perform equal to other students in the sub-region. Such a saying shames us.
That’s why your successful passes in Divisions One and Two and in the overall results of the examination somehow present a new development not just about you, but also about our education system. We may not guess exactly what that new development is, but, for sure, there is something different happening. The number of you passing this year’s examination is more than previous years’ numbers. Hence, there is a need for us to congratulate you.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Education, more than seventy percent of you passed the examination. Indeed, there is a need for us to commend you in this regard.
According to the same statistics, six students passed Division One. Last year, it was only one student. This calls for commendations. This year, 81 of you passed Division Two. Last year, it was five. Surely, there is a need for us to praise you for a job well done.
While we may not really know the main factors that gave rise to this development or achievement, we are pleased that you were able to perform this better.
Your successful passes may be a result of your own effort; that is, you studied extra hard this time around, going through sleepless nights. Whether this is the main factor or not, we are happy that most of you passed the examination in this fashion. We salute you.
Perhaps your success is a result of the industriousness of your teachers, the extra time and effort they exerted to make you achieve this success. Whether this is the main reason or not, we still celebrate your achievement.
We all being human beings, some could say that you pressed one or two buttons in the process, pressing of buttons that comes in various forma and fashions, causing you to pass in these huge numbers. Whether such people are right or wrong, we still rejoice over your success. As our people would say, “You take the shame from our face.”
In a nutshell, because we, the group of concerned citizens mentioned earlier, are pleased about your achievement in this year’s National Examinations, write to congratulate you all for a job well done. We pray and hope that you will continue to shine and that your brothers and sisters stepping in your place will perform equally, or even more than you have done. Kudos, Liberia’s future!