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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Africa's Brightest

So here it is folks - the cream of the crop from Liberia - the school leavers who thought that they were entitled to a university education. 25 000 kids wrote the university entrance exam and a whopping 0 passed! Not one single, solitary school leaver was granted access to the university to begin a tertiary education. This means that the government run University of Liberia will have no first year students in the coming academic year and that the country's employment figures will rise by 25000. (I should admit that I'm impressed to see that they don't just push them trough and actually allow the failures - a step in the right direction).

The issue here is not the failure of 25 000 prospective students - the issue is the African mentality towards education as a whole. Seemingly none of these kids cared enough to even get a basic grasp of the English language. And when you don;t even have that grounding then you can rest assured that there is no way at all that you can even hope to excel in any other academic arena. 

This is Africa - where education for all seems to be a pipedream which means that there will NEVER be a functioning country that is free of corruption and able to support itself without Western aid.  (Lets all just take a moment to realise that Liberia was colonised by BLACKS and has NEVER had whites in power)

Liberian students all fail varsity test

2013-08-27 12:44
Cape Town - Liberia's education minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year’s university admission exam, a BBC report said on Tuesday.
At least 25 000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities.
"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," David-Tarpeh said. "It's like mass murder."
The development means the overcrowded university will not have any new first-year students when it reopens next month for the academic year.
The students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English, a university official said.
Liberia is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently acknowledged that the education system was still "in a mess", and much was needed to be done to improve it.


  1. Have you seen the ANA tests Grade 5's write in SA that the Dept of Education uses to measure their "success"?
    Scary stuff that any kid should get less than 50% for those tests....

    1. I haven't actually. I have seen many of the grade 12 matric papers recently - now those are scary!