Firestone Schools Selected To Host National Academic Exams
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (March 23, 2007)- A three-person team from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) concluded the inspection of eight examinations centers at Firestone Liberia in lower Margibi County.
According to Mildred S. Gbegbe, Head of Test Administration of WAEC, the eight centers have been assigned as examinations halls for students in sixth and ninth grade in the Firestone School System as well as other nearby schools.
The centers chosen by WAEC to administer the 2006-2007 examinations are located on school campuses in Divisions 2, 10, 16, 23, 29, 40, 44 and 45.
Gbegbe said the inspection was intended for WAEC to determine if Firestone Liberia has the required facilities to administer the examinations.
After the inspection, Gbegbe stated that the Firestone School System has some of the best facilities in Liberia. “The centers have adequate accommodations, seating capacities, as well as water and toilet facilities. These are atmospheres under which WAEC can administer the examinations,” Gbegbe noted.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, sixth and ninth grade students in the Firestone School System ranked high among Liberian schools on the West African Examinations.
The Superintendent of the Firestone School System, Dwede D. Hoto, expressed delight over the visit of the WAEC officials, and assured them that the Firestone School System will continue to uphold high academic standards to prepare the students for a better future.
Of the 928 Firestone students that took last year’s examinations, 590 elementary students (95.7 percent) and 302 ninth graders (96.8 percent) passed successfully.
These results were described by some parents as “very encouraging.” They attributed the success to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teachers at Firestone Liberia’s Education Department.
This year, 734 sixth grade students and 482 ninth grade students from the Firestone School System are expected to take the national exams.