The New Dawn (Monrovia)

19 November 2012

Liberia: WAEC - Liberia Boss Dies

West Africa Examination Council-Liberia Head, Professor Thomas K. Gaie last Friday died at his home in Paynesville, in Monrovia after he was discharged from the Du Side Hospital in Firestone.

The cause of death is still not known, but sources told this paper in that Gaie died following a period of illness. He reported to have sought treatment both in Liberia and Ghana. The report said, Gaie recently attended WAEC conferences both in Ghana and The Gambia prior to his ailment.

His body has already been deposited at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home in Monrovia. He succeeded Professor Haile Lumeh in 2008 having gone into retirement. Liberia became the fifth member of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in 1974.

WAEC, which has its Headquarters 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 Council Ordinances in 1951.

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.

WAEC main objectives are to conduct examinations in public interest, to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom. The Council celebrated its 30th anniversary in March 1982 in Monrovia, Liberia during which the Convention establishing the WAEC was signed.

The Convention was subsequently ratified by member Governments and came into force in August 1984. The Council under the Convention was inaugurated in March 1985.

The Convention now gives uniform legal backing to the operations of Council in all the member countries, makes provision for significant changes in the structure of the Council and gives it legal personality as an international body. A Headquarters Agreement signed with the Government of Ghana in 1987 confers certain privileges and immunities on Council's Headquarters in Ghana.

WAEC-Liberia has 9 people serving on its management team. They are the late Professor Thomas. K. Gaie, Head of National Office; John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., Deputy Registrar and Head of TDD; Sam. W. David, SARI and Head of Finance; Dale G. Gbotoe, ARI and Acting Head of TAD and Albert K Koffa, SARII and Head of Research Unit.

Others are Harrison S. Kokulo, ARI and Head of Internal Unit; Daniel S. Mayah, ARI and Head of Computer Services Unit; Jerry S. Bimba, PEO and General Administration and Mandala S. Moore, Human Resource Management Officer; writes TKS.

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