Written by Our Senior Staff
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:49
The Administration of the state- run higher institution of learning, the University of Liberia (UL), has announced the cancellation of the placement examination results. The test was administered to over 20,000 high school graduates this year.
The Liberia Broadcasting System and Love FM quoted the UL Administration as saying that the decision to cancel the results was due to an error discovered regarding the coding system weeks after the test was administered.
According to the administration, it has discovered that identical numbers were assigned to more than one student.
The results of the placement examination were slated to be released in August this year in keeping with the timetable of the UL Administration academic activities.
The administration has also announced that the examination will be re-administered in August this year.
However, the cancellation of the test results has prompted quick reactions from the public especially the student community.
In a chat with this paper Wednesday, a 2011/2012 graduate of the Jimmy Jolocon High School in Gardnerville, Ephraim Forkey Wiagbe, who sat the test, has called on the UL Administration to reconsider its decision to cancel the results, noting that doing so would create additional financial burdens on parents, guardians and self- supported students.
Student Wiagbe argued that it would be unfair for the UL Administration to punish students and their parents for its own administrative or technical blunder.
“Cancelling the results has the propensity to dash the aspirations and zeal of young students who are eager to pursue higher education at the university. The decision would be counter-productive to efforts aimed at tackling high illiteracy rate among the Liberian youth”, he noted.
Another student who graduated from the Dianna E. Davies High School in Duala this year, Charles Dennis, said it was unbelievable that a reputable institution like the UL would make such “elementary” mistake and choose to make students bear the weight of its fault.
Student Dennis wondered as to what the UL Administration would do regarding the expenses students who took the placement examination incurred.
“The UL Administration’s decision to cancel the results of the test is troubling and worrisome because some of the students that sat the test live in areas or counties that are far away from Monrovia. Look, some of my colleagues came from all the way Grand Kru, Lofa, Maryland and Nimba Counties,” he emphasized.
A student of the UL, who begged not to be named, described the administration’s decision to cancel the results as wrong, urging Dr. Emmet Dennis-led administration to handle the situation with extreme care.
The UL student said the decision could trigger tension or disturbances and disrupt normal academic activities on the campus of the university if the administration fails to do what he calls the right thing.