WAEC Names Top Schools,Students

WAEC Names Top Schools,Students

​Kelezee Koiwu of Firestone Senior High School,

Margibi County, is considered the best

performing candidate in Liberia for WAEC 2016

In spite of the nearly 30,000 unsuccessful

candidates reported by the West African

Examination Council (WAEC) this year, not all

is doom. In fact, according to WAEC, there

appear to be an elite number of high schools

and students that have performed

comprehensively well, according to

John Gayvolor, head of WAEC-Liberia office

on Thursday.

‘Top 35’ Schools

Early results released by WAEC show a list of

35 high schools with a “100 percent pass

rate.” In order words, every student from

these 35 schools who sat the WAEC for 2016

made a successful pass. Notable among them

are Ricks Institute and Firestone High School

– both high-performers in WAEC annually.

However, it is rather promising to see that

some of the remotest schools – Buutuo High

School and Karnplay Inland Academy – both in

Nimba County, made the list of 35. The

students from these schools are 1,241 in all,

out of the national total of 16,072 successful


The 35 schools include St. Teresa’s Convent

High School; George E. Simmonds High School;

Levi C. Williams High School; Child Development

Academy; Lutheran Training Institute; Ricks

Institute; Bromley Mission School; James Kin

Freeman High School; Pentecostal Assembly

High School; Nowai Larteh Senior High School;

Rock International Christian Academy; George

T. Washington Christian Institute; Carr’s High

School; Virginia Christian Academy; Richard C.

Hunter School System; Christian Martyrs High

School; Daniel Hoover Village Boarding School;


Matthew Norwood United; Caldwell Christian

Academy; Jaycal Institute Foundation

Learning; Zion Praise Academy; Sandra

Mcinturff Mission School; Maretha

International Preparatory School; Esther B.

Davis High School; Drims School System;

Greater Outreach Christian Academy; Mother

Victoria Thomas Orphanage School; Herbert

Brewer Community School Of Excellence;

Mother Esther Nyemah High School; Royal

Academy Christian School System; Best Brains

Academy; Montserrado Technical Institute;

Buutuo High School; Toweh Memorial High

School; and Karnplay Inland Academy.

‘Top 10’ Students

Gayvolor went on to name ten students, who

achieved test scores in the Division II rank.

These students include Duozon R. Gaye from

the Soltiamon Christian School System,

Margibi County; Jerru Kou Kulah of the

Soltiamon Christian School System,

Montserrado County; Miriam Katta of the

Liberian-Turkish Light International School,

Montserrado County; Alpha G. Peters of Bassa

High School, Grand Bassa County; Saraphen B.

Dahn, Elijah Fineboy, Kelezee Koiwu, and

Zayzay Wolobah of Firestone Senior High

School, Margibi County; Jallah A. Barbu, II of

Ricks Institute,

Montserrado County; and Jeremiah J. Kekula

of William Booth High School, Montserrado


Firestone Senior High School and Ricks

Institute are the only two on the list of ‘top

35 schools’ to also have students ranking in

the ‘top 10’ – Division II of WAEC 2016. The

two schools have and continue to rank higher

in the WAEC exams among other schools in

Liberia, producing many high-performance


‘Best Student’

According to Mr. Gayvolor, Kezelee Koiwu of

Firestone Senior High School, Margibi County

is considered the best performing candidate

for the May 2016 Liberia Senior High School

Certificate Examination (LSHSCE). He said

Koiwu obtained seven credits and has a T-

Score of 516.8, which he scored 6*in English,

3* in Economics, 6*in Geography, 4*in

History, 6 in Literature-in-English, 3* in

Mathematics and 5* in Chemistry, reaping an

aggregate 27 in the best of six subjects.

Koiwu’s achievement of passing marks in this

variety of subjects may be laudable among

his 46,927 peers in Liberia. However,

education pundits see his test scores as a

microcosm of both the students’ potential and

the dire need for improvement of the nation’s

education system.

“There is more to be desired in the context of

the regional standard, in the WAEC regime,”

an expert who preferred not to be named,

said. “Four of his best six subjects scored in

the lower level of the grading scale; his best

two subjects were right at the middle line.

And if indeed, according to the WAEC boss,

Koiwu is the best performing student of the

34% of students who passed this year’s

exams,” the source said, “then the quality of

his performance is the sum of efforts not

entirely his own, but those of the Liberian

education system, the schools he has

attended, the teachers he has learned under,

his family, church, community, his friends and

role models. And that means we all have a lot

more ground to cover.”

“These May 2016 LSHSCE results produced ten

candidates comprising seven males and three

females within division II,” Gayvolor said. “We

are delighted at their performance and want

to encourage other schools to follow same.”