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WAEC May/June 2014 Results Record Another Mass Failure

first_imgThe WAEC May/June 2014 examination results have just been released, the Monrovia Head Office of the West African Examination Council has said.So too, the latest information reaching our Education Desk reveals that the WAEC has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.Unfortunately, the results show that students failed Mathematics and English Language portions of the exams “massively”.Head of the WAEC National Office in Monrovia, Charles Eguridu, who announced the results on Monday at the WAEC office, said “a total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28% of those who took the exams, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”He noted that when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, there was marginal decline in the performance of candidates as 38.81 per cent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 per cent in 2013.Mr. Eguridu told newsmen that the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61%, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice.“The cases are being investigated and the findings will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).”John Y. Gayvolor of the Monrovia Head of Office,  when contacted by the Daily Observer yesterday, reserved comment until further notice. He did not elaborate.However, candidates are of the opinion that they will pass the WAEC component of the exam as compared to the WASSCE, “because the WASSCE was just a pilot project for in Liberia,” some the candidates claimed.The WAEC, a non-profit  organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.Liberia, however, became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.The main objectives are to conduct examinations in the public interest; and to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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L.A. council seeks gang prevention

first_imgThere are an estimated 40,000 gang members within the city and 90,000 countywide. In the discussion, two council members, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, revived their concerns over the three-day, 12-hour work schedule approved for more officers. The two said they want a report on what it would take to change the work schedule only at police stations within their districts – drawing a loud protest from Councilman Jack Weiss. Weiss said he would fight any effort to change the 3-12 plan because of the support it has from police officers. “Eliminating the 3-12 schedule is exactly the wrong thing to do when we are adding 1,000 new officers to LAPD, when we are working every day to find new recruits and be competitive with other police departments in the area,” Weiss said. Parks, who fought the change in work schedule when he was police chief, said he is concerned it has reduced the number of officers on patrol, resulted in higher overtime costs and jeopardized some communities by the need to shift officers to other parts of the city to respond to calls. Paysinger noted it is part of the contract negotiated with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and could not be changed by city officials. “We are not sure why council members Parks and Perry want to tamper with a system that is working well,” said Tim Sands, president of the league. “Returning to a less-flexible schedule will not reduce overtime, will not reduce crime and will push experienced officers to request changes in assignments to other divisions.” Parks also said he believes city government needs to look beyond the LAPD to solve its crime problems. Library programs and Department of Recreation and Parks activities, for example, can play roles in keeping young people from joining gangs, Parks said. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo outlined his office’s efforts to crack down on gangs with injunctions as well as to work with young people before they become gang members. Deputy city attorneys are assigned to schools and to an active program through the courts to identify young people susceptible to joining gangs. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCouncilman Tony C rdenas, who chairs the council’s ad hoc committee on gangs, said he will prepare recommendations for next year’s budget. “We made a promise to the taxpayers that we will have accountability at every level,” C rdenas said. “We need to develop programs that convince young people to do more than say no to drugs. They need to say no to gangs.” Officials agreed they need to do more with prevention programs, particularly to promote a better relationship with Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to use after-school programs to keep young people from joining gangs. Paysinger said the LAPD has promoted closer relations with other agencies, particularly the county Probation Department, to work with gang members and offer alternatives to gangs. At the same time, the LAPD has stepped up its enforcement efforts this year, with top-10 lists of the worst gangs and the worst gang members, and gang crimes, particularly gang homicides, have been reduced, Paysinger said. Told by a police official that residents are “hungry to be free from the scourge of generations of gang violence,” the Los Angeles City Council explored ways Wednesday to keep young people from joining gangs and to find a path for members to leave and rejoin society. In a rare meeting dedicated to a single topic, the council said public safety is a top priority and largely depends on suppressing gangs and keeping young people from joining them. The council heard Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger of the Los Angeles Police Department declare the public hungry to be free of gangs. “All of us have gotten that call where we hear some young person has been shot to death by an errant bullet or stabbed, and we feel helpless,” Council President Eric Garcetti said. “We console families. We pay for funerals. We go to candlelight vigils. “We spend our days talking to family members and mothers, trying to console them. We speak to those who are too afraid to speak out themselves, who sit in shuttered rooms because they are too afraid to go out.” last_img read more

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