Monrovia - The Student Representative to the Student Council Alhadji Kromah says he sees recent entrance examination results of the University of Liberia as frustrating and disappointing because the University allowed only two persons to correct the exam paper.
"You cannot have two persons correcting over 23,000 papers in less than one month," Kromah said.
"I am talking about Dr. Weade Brownell and Dorbor Jallah, what I'm saying is true I am the student Representative this has question the credibility of the results."
Kromah told FrontPageAfrica that the selection of the 1, 625 students for remedial admission who equally failed with the rest of the students who sat the exams is a question that the administration needs to answer.
"They [U.L Administration] told us all the students failed how did they configured one thousand students to be admitted," Kromah said.
"Authority at the University has hand picked people from their offices, nieces and nephews to make them regular students."
He said, zero entry is not a benchmark that should be implored by the University to reduce the number of enrollment. "You cannot create an impression here like Liberian students are not learning anything just to reduce the enrollment," Kromah said.
In a press statement on August 21, 2013 the University said, no students out rightly earned the scores of 50% in math and 70% in English a requirement set by University of Liberia Faculty Senate as the passing scores for the undergraduate entrance examinations.
No candidate who sat for the graduate programs, Law School and School of Pharmacy Exams earned the scores of 70% also set by the UL senate as a threshold to pass, the release said.
"Holding these results constant, no candidate would have otherwise been admitted to the University for Academic 2013/ 2014 in the above programs," the released added.
According to the University, forty-seven candidates at the AM Dogliotti College made a pass whereas 70% is the passing score for the College. Over one thousand candidates who scored either at least 40% in math or 50% in English in the undergraduate programs are recommended for admission, stated the release.
Twenty-five for the College of General Studies (continuing Education), 93 in the six (6) graduate programs, thirty seven (37) for the School of Pharmacy for Academic 2013/2014 according to the release.
"Candidates in the Undergraduate division will be required to take two transitional courses - one in Mathematics and the other in English," stated the UL press statement.
Last year 2012/2013, the University of Liberia admitted nearly 7,500 candidates in the Undergraduate programs because the criteria used for those admissions were quite different from this year. The scores of 49% and 33% for English and Mathematics were used as the basis for passing in previous year.
The president of the Cape Mount University of Liberia Student Association Blessing Rogers said, the University should not register more students when they [U.L authorities] are aware that there is an issue of the limited capacity at the university. Rogers said, he does not want to believe the results that there was not a single pass out of the twenty-three thousand candidates that sat the exams.
Rogers said; with according to these results the University is trying insinuate that the high school quality of teaching and standards are low adding that they [UL Authorities] are questioning the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results.
"For somebody to tell me that all the students failed the University needs to give the Liberian people justifiable reasons," Rogers said.
"At the polytechnic right now we have less than two hundred students; hearing this news is disappointing and only a ploy to scare people from taking entrance exams at the UL."