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