SUBJECT: DECISION OF THE LIBERIA NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON THE WEIGHTING OF THE OBJECTIVE AND ESSAY SCORES FOR PAPERS OFFERED ON THE LIBERIA SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS
The Secretariat of the Liberia National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) presents compliments and is pleased to inform School Administrators, Parents, Students and other stakeholders in Education on the decision of the Liberia National Committee ( the highest decision making of Council in Liberia ) about efforts being made in enhancing the teaching-learning process in Liberia.
The Liberia Aptitude Test and Examinations Committee, at its 30 th Meeting held in November 2008 recommended to the Liberia National Committee for a change in weighting of both the objective and essay scores offered on the Liberia School Certificate Examinations to enable candidates develop analytical approach to answering essay questions in particular and analytical thinking in general.
The weighting between the objective and essay components for the past years has been sixty percent (60%) and forty percent (40%) for the Objective and Essay respectively.
In recent years, WAEC discovered that a good number of the candidates were successful in the Examinations without obtaining even one point on the Essay. This is an indication that instead of students striving for improved and challenging performance in their, work they now relay on scores obtained on the objective test which sometimes are gotten by sheer chance or cheating.
The recommendations from the Secretariat which were APPROVED by the Liberia Aptitude Tests and Examinations Committee and subsequentlyENDORSED by the Liberia National Committee are as follows:
1. That Objective component of the WAEC Examinations be weighted forty percent (40%);
2. That Essay component of the WAEC Examinations be weighted sixty percent (60%);
3. That the adjusted ration between the Objective and Essay scores be 40:60%;
4. That the decision on the above takes effect as of academic 2009/2010 ; and
5. That efforts be made to circulate the decision to stakeholders in education particularly school authorities, teachers and students.
The Secretariat therefore wishes to officially inform you on the decision of the Liberia National Committee.
THIS INFORMATION WAS POSTED ON THE FORMER WAEC WEBSITE ( WWW.WAEC.ORG.LR ) IN 2009. THIS IS A REPEAT.
Prof. Thomas K. Gaie
HEAD OF NATIONAL OFFICE