The Daily Observer investigation has established that several students, most of them who live across rivers from schools in Bong and Margibi counties did not sit for the just ended 2016 exams administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).The affected students are from the Pentecostal Conqueror Academy (PCA) along Bong Mines Road in Kakata, School of Christ International (SOCI) in Weala and the Frelela Public School (FPS) in Frelela Town, Bong County.The number of students, who missed the exam are said to be about 35 including female and male students.WAEC Monrovia office confirmed the report but attributed the missed exams to what it described as “unforeseen circumstances” that prevented the students from turning up.WAEC Head of Test Administration, Dele G. Gbotoe, via mobile phone, told the Daily Observer that some of the students who did not take the test had arrived at a creek that had overflowed its banks causing the students “considerable delay in arriving at the testing centers.”Nevertheless, Daily Observer Bong County correspondent reported that the students affected from Margibi County were not registered by their respective administrations during the WAEC registration period, while a few students from the FPS allegedly dropped out of school after registering for the exams, which were administered in June instead of May this year.The Principal of the Pentecostal Conqueror Academy, Stephen S. K. Momo on Thursday, July 6 confirmed the information, but said there were only seven students that registered for WAEC from his institution.He said despite several announcements or reminders made to both students and parents about WAEC fees, some of them did not register. Mr. Momo noted that at the beginning of the school year, about 15 ninth graders enrolled, but a few dropped and the number reduced to 12, adding that out of the twelve, five did not write the exams.He said those students who missed the WAEC will not pass to the next class, “because the Ministry of Education (MOE) issued a very strict mandate to school authorities not to promote students from the ninth and 12th grades who did not write or who failed the WAEC exams.”The coordinator for the School of Christ International, George S. Tengbeh, confirmed the situation and attributed it to parents’ failure to register their children in the stipulated time set by WAEC, which elapsed before many parents paid the registration fees.Exams administered by the WAEC for both 9th and 12 graders are annual academic exercises to evaluate students’ preparedness for graduation or promotion to secondary level.This year’s administration of the exams suffered a series of constraints beginning with the cancellation of the previous exams due to what the administration claimed was “an unexpected theft of copies of each of the nine exam subjects from the Konola SDA Mission.” The MOE stated that it could not justify administering exams that had been leaked.Although the date on the exam papers administered remains the same as the copies of the exams purportedly leaked, WAEC Monrovia office went ahead and administered the exams June 27 to July 1 to more than 46, 000 registered 12th graders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The final fallout from a disastrous opening weekend for Michigan came Tuesday, when the Wolverines dropped all the way out of The Associated Press Top 25, an unprecedented fall from No. 5 to unranked. Since the AP poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989, no team has taken a bigger tumble in one week. After an opening college football weekend filled with blowouts and highlighted by Appalachian State’s stunning 34-32 upset of Michigan at the Big House, there was little notable movement in the Top 25 other than the Wolverines. USC was voted No. 1 by the media panel, but the Trojans lost some support. USC received 62 first-place votes in the preseason poll. A lackluster 38-10 victory over Idaho led to the Trojans dropping to 59 first-place votes. No. 2 LSU picked up those first-place votes, receiving five. No. 3 West Virginia received one first-place vote, the same as it did in the preseason. No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Wisconsin moved up two spots. Oklahoma, tied for fifth, moved up three spots. No. 7 Texas fell three spots after slogging through a 21-13 home victory over Arkansas State. No. 9 Virginia Tech held its place and plays at LSU on Saturday. No. 10 California moved up two spots after a 45-31 victory over Tennessee. The Vols dropped eight spots to No. 23. UCLA moved up to No. 13 after its victory at Stanford. Florida State also fell out of the rankings. The Seminoles were 19th heading into their season opener at Clemson and lost, 24-18, in the Bowden Bowl. Clemson moved into the rankings at No. 25 and Georgia Tech also moved into the Top 25. The Yellow Jackets were 21st after winning at Notre Dame, 33-3. As for Michigan, the Wolverines became the first ranked team from Division I-A, now known as the Bowl Subdivision, to lose to a team from I-AA, now known as the Championship Subdivision. “It hurts because you don’t like losing,” Michigan linebacker Chris Graham said Monday. “But how far can you hold your head down? I’m not holding my head down at all. You’ve got to move forward.” Michigan received 39 points from the media voters in the Top 25, including a 16th-place vote by Wayne Phillips from The Greenville (Tenn.) Sun. “I still think Michigan has a good football team,” he said. “I think they’re worthy of being ranked. They may prove me wrong.” Phillips said he gave Michigan some leeway because he’s very familiar with Appalachian State, the two-time defending I-AA champions. “They’re a pretty darn good football team,” he said. “If Michigan had lost to some of the other patsies some of the big teams played, I could see dropping them out.” Appalachian State is not eligible for the AP Top 25, which only ranks Bowl Subdivision teams. The Wolverines host Oregon on Saturday. Before Michigan’s fall, Notre Dame held the ignominious record for largest drop in the rankings in the Top 25-era. The Fighting Irish dropped 16 spots – from No. 9 to No. 25 – after losing to Northwestern, 17-15, on Sept. 3, 1995. Texas dropped 15 spots in 1997, going from ninth to 24th after a 66-3 loss to UCLA in September 1997. Louisville also fell 15 spots – 11th to unranked – in September 2005 after losing to South Florida. The highest ranked team to fall from the poll after one loss was No. 2 Oklahoma in 1959, when the AP was ranking the top 20 teams. Later that season, Army went from No. 4 to unranked. In 1950, Tennessee went from No. 4 to unranked in October and in 1960 Illinois fall out of the ranking from No. 4. In the latest poll, No. 11 Georgia moved up two spots and was followed by Ohio State, UCLA, Penn State and Rutgers. No. 16 Nebraska jumped four places. Auburn is 17th and Arkansas, TCU and Hawaii round out the first 20. The final five are Georgia Tech, Boise State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Clemson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Wolverines plunge from No.5 to unranked, a first for top-25 drops. By Ralph D. Russo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thud!