It appears that the University of Liberia might have to loosen up its admission standards just a tad. Although it sounds hard to believe, it appears that nearly every one of the 25,000 students that took the school’s admission exam failed. The University of Liberia is one of two state-run universities.
A school official said the students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English.
“In English, the mechanics of the language, they didn't know anything about it,” said university spokesman Momodu Getaweh. "The war has ended 10 years ago now. We have to put that behind us and become realistic."
Liberia suffered through a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago, but President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that the education system was still "in a mess" and acknowledged that it was badly in need of improvements. Even still, this is the first time that this many students who paid the $25 exam fee have failed. The university is facing the prospect of having no new first-year students when it reopens next month.
Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh plans to meet with university officials to discuss the failure rate, the BBC reported.
"I know there are a lot of weaknesses in the schools but for a whole group of people to take exams and every single one of them to fail, I have my doubts about that," said David-Tarpeh said. "It's like mass murder. These are not just schools that will give people grades. I'd really like to see the results of the students."