Liberia Students All Fail University Admission Exam

BBC News, August 26, 2013

Liberia’s education minister says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year’s university admission exam.

Nearly 25,000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities.

The students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English, a university official told the BBC.

Liberia is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago.

‘Dreams shattered’

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.

Students told him the result was unbelievable and their dreams had been shattered, our reporter adds.

Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh told the BBC Focus on Africa programme that she intended to meet university officials to discuss the failure rate.

“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,” Ms David-Tarpeh said. “It’s like mass murder.”

Ms David-Tarpeh said she knew some of the students and the schools they attended.

“These are not just schools that will give people grades. I’d really like to see the results of the students,” she added.

University spokesman Momodu Getaweh told Focus on Africa that the university stood by its decision, and it would not be swayed by “emotion”.

“In English, the mechanics of the language, they didn’t know anything about it. So the government has to do something,” he said.

“The war has ended 10 years ago now. We have to put that behind us and become realistic.”

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  • WmarkW

    They’ve all been admitted to American schools to improve diversity profiles.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Perfect candidates for Harvard, Stanford, Davis…..improve their ‘diversity’ and further erode the status of a degree from these universities.

      Moreover, QUALIFIED American applicants will be rejected.

      • Jesse James

        Why not think bigger, surely one or two of these young people could be groomed to become POTUS.

      • NordicHeritage

        A degree is worthless nowadays anyway. We are what economists call a “mature economy “and multinational corporations do not invest or need highly trained workers in a “mature economy”.

      • cancerous bananna

        Don’t forget to raise tuition and make it easier to be approved for a debt for life loan.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      The UK could use some doctors I hear…

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes. They’d be classified as “strivers” and given scholarships.

  • bigone4u

    I know a university in Texas that will take all 25,000 of them if they are willing to claim that they are Hispanic. I guess “white Hispanic” wouldn’t cut it, but they could be “black Hispanics.”

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Which one? Extreme West Texas or somewhere in East Texas?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Soon to be East Mexico.

        • NordicHeritage

          The fabled Aztland

      • bigone4u

        My former employer in San Antonio seeks in practice and to some extent in rhetoric to become all Hispanic. The administration is Hispanic.

    • mobilebay

      I’m guessing the one about twenty-five miles down the road from me…UT?

  • AndrewInterrupted

    I was shocked to learn that Liberia had a government!

    • libertarian1234

      I was shocked to learn they had a school.

      • BarnyL

        Not for much longer.

  • Spartacus

    “In English, the mechanics of the language, they didn’t know anything about it. So the government has to do something,” he said.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Isn’t English the official language there ?

    • Oom Paul

      They speak an “improved” version of English.

      • NordicHeritage

        Is that where ebonics came from, lol?

        • BarnyL

          “ebonics” that’s advanced communication studies. Give them time.

          • cancerous bananna

            ” Dem why gurlz dey beezo dissrackin howtchoo do inner tests?”

    • Luca

      Liberia is a country founded by Americans for freed black slaves. English is their official language. They speak an Africanized, pidgin ebonical version of English.

      Proper English is usually too complex for this species to master, no matter where they are in the world.

      In other news, I hear that a primate institute has taught Koko the gorilla 1000 different sign language words, so there is hope for the future.

      • BarnyL

        Maybe the exam didn’t have enough pictures?

    • Magician

      All freed black slaves should have been sent to Liberia!

      • NordicHeritage

        It would have been better had they never been brought here in the first place.

        • Juan Outtamany

          hear hear

      • Carney3

        Remember that when neo-Confederates go on about Lincoln. He wanted to free the slaves, then KICK THEM OUT. John Wilkes Booth has a lot to answer for.

        • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

          Debatable. Lincoln was all over the place as far as that went. You can produce Lincoln quotes about repatriation and deportation, but for every one you do, an egalitarian integrationist can produce a Lincoln quote to support their cause.

          The answer to that paradox is that Lincoln was a typical whore politician who tailored his rhetoric to his audience.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    The real story here is that Liberian standards for Black achievement are higher than they are in The United States. Funny part is in Liberia they can’t scream racism; all they can do is imply that the school somehow “cheated” the prospective students.

    • libertarian1234

      “Liberian standards for Black achievement are higher than they are in The United States.”

      I’m surprised at that.

      Do you have a link regarding that info?

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        The Liberian University failed every applicant and every applicant was Black. Can you imagine any private or public institution in the US that would dare to fail every Black applicant?

        • NordicHeritage

          Don’t dey know dat be racist.

        • BarnyL

          And they be the best of the best.

    • Jesse James

      I would like to see Liberia thrive so that black American separatist would have a viable place to emigrate.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        Right, as if Blacks in America would ever, ever leave the USA to live in Africa with 100% Black populations. People don’t move to foreign nations that aren’t historically White; only White countries suffer from having hordes of people from lesser cultures rush their gates.

        • Jesse James

          Dude let me have my little fantasy a little while longer. Certainly there are a few proud strong black men out there who want to lead their family and friends back to Africa and prove they can make a place for themselves in the world without begging for scraps from the white man. Anyone…anyone?

          • Carney3

            Maybe if you point that in the country of the blind the one eyed man is king. In black Africa the average IQ is 70. Black Americans average 85, thanks to approximately one-fourth white ancestry, better nutrition, less tropical disease, etc. American blacks would go from bottom of the rung here to an elite there. In fact that’s exactly what happened in Liberia, whose natives were absolutely dominated by the tiny “Americo-Liberian” contingent until the 1980s.

      • Anglokraut

        Isn’t that what all our foreign aid is for? Maybe we should demand to see measurable improvements before cutting another check?

        • mobilebay

          Sorry, Anglokraut, can’t do that. It is in our Constitution that we must support the world as well as take in its people.

      • Nick A Siggers

        I would like to hook up with Patti Ann Browne, but I realize some things are impossible.

      • BarnyL

        Just tell them it’s Disney world for blacks only.

        Besides, if they were to all emigrate the prison staff wouldn’t have anyone to look after.

  • Luca

    Can’t blame racism and can’t use Affirmative Action. Man are they stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    • sbuffalonative

      They still have the legacy of slavery card to play.

      • Carney3

        In Liberia? The Americo-Liberians, who are the descendants of US slaves, are the traditional elite there, not the underclass.

      • FormerlyEdNY

        That’s right! The slavers stripped Africa of the best and brightest that the continent had to offer. The cream of the crop was bound in chains and shipped off to some land far away. If it wasn’t for slavery things would be much better in Africa and around the world.

    • BarnyL

      The bloody minded are never stuck for something or someone to blame.

  • Anglokraut

    Could the university recruit in Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore, etc? If all they want is Africans who speak and write English, we have plenty to offer–I’m sure their freshman class could be filled with little trouble.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Whoa, it’s the opposite of Lake Wobegon.

    Strangely, they didn’t find a way to blame this hot Liberian ghetto mess on white people. What we do know is that if this test was held anywhere in America (“Amurrica”), plenty of blacks would have passed. Some Federal judge would have seen to that.

  • Puggg

    No surprise to me. I’ve seen videos from Liberian beaches, and they’re full of droppings. And I don’t mean doggy droppings. Not one in 25,000 test takers could pass an honest test; I’m not shocked.

  • borogirl54

    Those that have money can go overseas for an education. As long as they have the means to pay cash, most universities will take them.

    • Luca

      It would have been funny as hell if some white kid from the States applied to the University of Liberia and was the only one accepted while 25,000 blacks were rejected.

  • bubo

    Can you imagine the reaction from the handwringing white lefties and their black pets if something like this happened in the West?

    “The test is wrong, it’s racism, someone must do something ahhhhhh!”

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes. This would have been ‘proof’ of disparate impact and the test would have been declared racially biased.

      • JDInSanD

        The test they took was racially biased as it included reading and using a pencil.

        • BarnyL

          Ahh I see they, took the advanced paper?

  • So CAL Snowman

    If everyone that applied this year failed, how did anyone get into the school last year? Were last year’s students really that much better? How do standards fall so quickly in a year?

    • Sick of it

      The magic of Marxist matriculation.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Hard to have affirmative action with no White people around.

  • DelmarJackson

    I worked at a pharmaceutical factory who hired a young gentleman from Nigeria who claimed to have a degree from a university in his country. I found him to be astonishingly confident, arrogant, deceptive and ignorant. My superiors were African American and refused to acknowledge any warnings I gave them about our new hire. In his second week on the job he was instructing me how best to perform tasks I had been doing for ten years.

    He had a chemistry degree but lacked basic understandings of science and professed to believe in witchcraft and voodoo. I brought in a Mexican jumping bean one day and he claimed the movement of the bean in my warm hand was from small magnets inside and the earths magnetic field. When I told him the movement came from the worm like larva of a small insect inside he was incredulous and bet me a large sum of money to see who was right. When he pried open the bean he screamed out like a girl and threw it away from himself when he saw the larva inside. Of course, he never paid me. He was extremely charming with the woman chemical engineers who were duped by his false front, and a snake with anyone he thought was beneath him or who he could trample on and get away with.
    After time went by, I gave up warning my superiors. After they hired a Nigerian to be the leader of our department it got much, much worse.
    Eventually, a department manager going over the payroll realized this wonderful Nigerian was being paid more in overtime per year than he was in salary, as he would leave on time with us yet had his Nigerian boss clock him out as he left the night shift thereby giving his countryman an 18 hour day, 5 days a week. he was astonished to be caught and tried to pull his usual defense of being misunderstood due to cultural differences.
    Not everyone I have met from Africa with a degree has been a nightmare to work with, but I would question the wisdom and long term survival of any company that has more than two.

    • evilsandmich

      An auditor from the state of Michigan told a very similar tale about ‘charming’, corrupt Nigerians in his department and the clan loyalty that made working there unbearable.

      • cancerous bananna

        I have an irrational hatred for any Nigerian in a meticulous business suit.
        All red flags go crazy in my head.

    • FormerlyEdNY

      Any black that professes to have a college has no credibility as far as I am concerned. Having the degree does not equate to being educated.

      • DelmarJackson

        I have worked with some very smart black people. I don’t think any race has a monopoly on intelligence. I do think some cultures have different views on honesty and integrity and some foreign cultures do not see a problem with claiming they have more of an education than they actually have as there is no loyalty to the community at large, only to themselves and their family.

  • KenelmDigby

    Why does such a country as Liberia have universities in the first place?
    The function of universities is to be custodians of knowledge and centers of research, how can a nation like Liberia, with no working infrastructure or civil state, support those functions?

  • watling

    Perhaps all the students were busy working on:

    a cure for cancer;
    cold fusion;
    cosmic string theory;
    perpetual motion;
    faster than light travel;
    critiques of Stephen Hawking’s work;
    solving world hunger;
    a peace solution for the Middle East;
    solving the unstoppable cannonball hitting the immovable post paradox;
    an explanation for Obama being in the White House;

    and therefore didn’t have time to study for the entrance exam?

    • Juan Outtamany

      Where would the world be had they not invented the pointed stick?

  • Jesse James

    Right on, everyone has to die somewhere. Fortunate are those who can
    die in their own homeland surrounded by their kin and countrymen.

  • BarnyL

    “…did not have a basic grasp of English…” They want to visit some of our cities.

  • BarnyL

    If they come to a White country they will be handed their degree on entry.

  • BarnyL

    Try screaming about White privileged now commie!

  • BarnyL

    The exam was written by a black man. Marked by blacks and taken solely by blacks.

    OK smart arse, let’s hear it?

  • BarnyL

    Where were the tutors educated?

  • BarnyL

    He was attacked by the EHRC, the politically correct, marxists, communists and members of the government and press. The rest of us loved him.

  • BarnyL

    I wonder how the Liberian space Program is going? Have they reached the moon yet?

  • BarnyL

    ““In English, the mechanics of the language, they didn’t know anything about it. So the government has to do something,” he said.”

    If this were a problem, wouldn’t they have known this in advance? Also what language was used in previous years?

  • evilsandmich

    Really; if they’re living in Nastyville USA then maybe they’d feel that they’d have a better shot back in the motherland. It wouldn’t be a shocker if some residents of Detroit might take a gamble on Liberia if the compensation was right.

  • FormerlyEdNY

    I have seen blacks with high schools diplomas and college degrees struggle with basic addition and subtraction. I have also seen the same have a hard time reading 1st grade text books. I bet you Rachel Jeantel would do about as well if not worse.