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Liberia university left without students as 25,000 fail entrance exam

By Mason White 11:08 AM August 28, 2013
Etmonia David-Tarpeh 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) You know you have failed your students when every one of them, who decided to get a higher education, failed the entrance exam.

Nearly 25,000 students wanted to better themselves and do something positive with their lives.

However, none of them made it past the entrance exam at the University of Liberia. The university is one of two state-run universities.

All students who took the exam, failed, which means that as of now, the university will not have any first-year students when the new term starts in September.

A university official claimed that the failures came about because students lacked the “basic knowledge of English and lacked enthusiasm”.
The country’s education minister said that it is difficult to believe that not one student managed to pass the exam.

The Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh, said she will meet with university officials to discuss the failure rate, and to see what can be done to fix the problem.

She acknowledged that there were deficiencies in the educational system of Liberia, which is still recovering from a civil war that ended 10 years ago. But she said that it is hard to believe that not one student passed the exam.
A university spokesperson said that the government needs to do more to improve students’ knowledge of English.