WASSCE Candidates Celebrate Government’s Gesture

By Mafanta Kromah

Senior students in many schools are celebrating after President George M. Weah announced during his first state of the nation address that fees for the 2018 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be waived for both private and public senior students.

According to student Mayamu Kromah of the St. Francis High School in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, the president has done a huge favour for them for taking on the initiative to pay their WSSCE fees.

“I was not ready to go to school until my father found a way to pay my exam fees but the God, President Weah has taken the initiative to assist our parents in their struggle of giving us education,” she noted.

Mayamu said, on Monday she could not go to school because she was asked to pay her exam fees of US$60 and was finding means to raise the money when she heard that the president announced his commitment made during the campaign that he will pay their fees.

Leela Johnson of the Calvary Temple AG Mission School in Paynesville also expressed the excitement when she overheard people taking about the president’s statement on the exam fees.

“You don’t know how happy I am to have heard that our new leader will really stick to his promises, all I felt when the promise was made during campaign was just intended to get us and our parents votes,” she said.

It can be recalled that during the campaign, for more than a week students were seen moving around at the Coalition for Democratic Change Headquarters that president Weah by then the standard bearer of the CDC needed the number of students in various schools to pay their exam fees.

Addressing the nation, the Liberian leader noted that “The improvement of our education is and shall remain a constant and major priority during my administration.”

He continue that “For example, I made a promise that my government will absorb the WAEC fees for 12th graders, and I remain committed to that promise, my government has already started to disburse these fees by committing an initial among of two hundred thousand US dollars .”

At the same time, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), in consultation with the Ministry of Education,  has extended the deadline for registration for the 2018 exam.

A press release says that the final deadline is February 13, 2018 and that any school failing to register before the final deadline will be responsible for paying the exam fees for those students.

The institution called on all schools administration and principal to register their students the institution online portal and that schools will be about t register their student without making any payment.

WAEC assures schools that have already paid their fees to expect refund once the government fulfils its remaining financial obligation to the institution.

Meanwhile, the the Education Ministry is urging all schools that have not yet registered their students to desist from collecting fees from students.



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