Not a Single Liberian Student Passed This Year's University Admission Test

As Liberia marks the 10th anniversary of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the 14-year civil war, nearly 25,000 school-leavers failed this year's admission test to the University of Liberia. It is the first
time that not a single candidate passed the admission test.

Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate,  acknowledges that the education system in Liberia is "in a mess". Public Domain photo from the US State Department.

Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate, acknowledges that the education system in Liberia is “in a mess”. Public Domain photo from the US State Department.

The BBC has reported that Liberia's Education Minister Education Minister, Etmonia David-Tarpeh, found it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed. She therefore intends to meet university officials to discuss the matter. She describes the failure rate as “mass murder.”

However, a private consultant, James Dorbor Jallah, who was hired by the university to manage the entrance examination confirmed the report and said the days are over when students were admitted into the University of Liberia through bribery or based on how many important people they know.

The world has reacted on Twitter with shock and disbelief at the news.

This is how Kenyan Harvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma (@calestous) described the news:

King Leopold II of Belgium was the sole and de facto owner of the Congo Free State, the present day the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 1885 to 1908.

Saran Kaba Jones (@sarankjones), a clean water advocate and social entrepreneur, said it is sad but not surprising:

Mbas Ndriver (@Kenfreykj), a Kenyan IT professional, wondered how not even a single person was smart enough to cheat:

Another Kenyan tweep, Eja Nla. (@Muntez_), said it should be illegal for all students to fail:

Ebenezer Flomo (@ebflomo), the co-founder of non-profit Help Encourage Liberia's Little Ones (@helpHELLO), noted that schools in Liberia do not have books:

Many schools in Liberia lack basic education material and many teachers are poorly qualified.

Tweeting from Russia, Denis Eyong (@eyongdenis) asked:

“How does a country torn from civil war recover?,” Tomoko Perez (@Tomoshiga) in New York asked:

Gambian journalist and human rights activist Sulayman Makalo (@MakaloMansa) shared a quote from a university official:

Nuesity! (@Nues_Ibunos) remarked:

Ghanaian tweep Tenace Kwaku Setor (@kwakutii) cautioned his fellow citizens:

Referring to last year's poor performance in Tanzania, Rwandan tweep katabarwa robert (@Proud2bRwandan) wrote:

Six out of every 10 students who sat last year's National Form Four examination in Tanzania failed.

Mika Mäkeläinen (@Mikareport), a foreign news journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company, warned those who want to study at the University of Liberia:

Daniel McLaughlin (@DanielJMcLaugh) from the UK joked:

A. K. Ohemeng-Boamah (@akobII) from Guinea blames the education system:


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