Shocking: nobody passes the university test in Liberia




Liberia has, for a decade, recovered from the affliction it incurred in the past civil wars. Under the steel-handed leadership of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – also the only female head of state in Africa – she has focused on stability, elimination of corruption, economic growth, and continuous promotion of investment, the record of which drew almost 16 billion US$, mostly from US corporate giants, a few years prior. Nevertheless, some huge problems remain the sticking points for the country’s progress, namely severe poverty among the populace, inefficient bureaucracy, corrupt and often disorganized administration, and the worst of all, is the low (very, very low, indeed) educational quality bulk of its people possess.

For the first time in the history – and probably in any of the nation-state’s historical timelines – nobody, out of 25,000 students, passes the university admission test, a basic prerequisite that even most of the youth can hardly afford. And one blogger even questions their ‘hidden intelligence’: is nobody there smart enough to cheat???

Hint: almost nobody understands English, the medium of instruction in the examination.

Read the report either in Global Voices Online or in BBC World News.


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate, recently acknowledged that the education system was still “in a mess”, and much needed to be done to improve it. 

Many schools lack basic education material and teachers are poorly qualified, reports the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh from the capital, Monrovia.

However, this is the first time that every single student who wrote the exam for a fee of $25 (£16) has failed, our reporter says.

It means that the overcrowded university will not have any new first-year students when it reopens next month for the academic year.