first_imgMore than 27,882 candidates will begin writing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams today Monday, May 19, John Y. Gayvolor, WAEC Monrovia Head of Office has confirmed.`The candidates who registered to write this year’s annually-administered tests, according to Mr. Gayvolor, are representing at least 442 high schools from the 15 counties with Montserrado containing the highest numbers.In an exclusive interview Sunday, May 18, with thzaqe Daily Observer at his Congo Town office, he said preparations for the administration of the exams have been put in place to avoid any unnecessary hiccups during the weeklong process.The Monrovia WAEC head has encouraged all registered candidates to do their best to produce “acceptable results” at the end of the tests.This year’s exams, he said, will follow the same patterns as previously arranged in all of the four major subjects—Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and other elective subjects.Earlier in her ‘good will message’ over the weekend to students sitting the 12th grade WAEC administer tests, the Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, said the 12th grade exams are the measures to evaluate what the students have achieved over the last three years in the education sector.This year’s exams are being administered to students from 442 high schools — government, private and/or faith-based institutions — across the country.Of the 27,882 candidates, 15,130 are males, while 12,752 are females.According to Minister Tarpeh, all proctors, supervisors or monitors selected to administer the exams are being warned to exercise the greatest degree of integrity, restraint and commitment to the process.Candidates are also being advised to abide by rules abolishing the use of cell phones, pieces of paper and electronic gadgets other than the ones distributed or allowed in the hall by the examiners.Meanwhile, the MOE in collaboration with WAEC is appealing to parents, guardians and the general public not to enable or assist students to engage in acts inimical to the administration of the tests. This would include the solicitation of money or facilitation of “flexibility fees” as has previously been the case.Henceforth, the MOE has warned that anyone (proctors, examiners, monitors, etc) caught in acts outside of the exams protocol will be arrested and turned over to the courts for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgIt is a case that has many lawyers debating which is more costly: spending thousands of US dollars to prosecute the theft US$34.50 worth of goods; or setting a precedent of leniency against petty theft. Monrovia Club Breweries has sued three of its employees accused of stealing six gallons of draft stout with a market value of L$3,450 (US$34.50) to Criminal Court ‘C’ for prosecution. The company in its lawsuit, dated 2011, claimed that at their premises in Duala, Bushrod Island, the defendants without the consent of their employer stole six gallons of draft stout. The trial could not take place yesterday because lawyers representing the employees asked the court to allow them to review the prosecutor’s charges against their clients; a request which was accepted.The case has been rescheduled for today, December 6.Defendants Augustine Jankpolo, Daniel Blay and Clarence Williams face the charges of theft of property and criminal conspiracy, but Williams is the only one being tried as the whereabouts of his codefendants remain unknown.Besides, the Monrovia Club Breweries and defendant Williams have spent more than US$2,000 to hire lawyers to represent their respective legal interests in a case involving less than US$35 in damages. Many legal experts, who pleaded not to be identified, described the matter as “disappointing and a waste of resources.”One of the lawyers even argued that hearing such a matter is meant to delay the court from hearing serious criminal cases.“This matter should have been heard at the level of the Magisterial Court and not the Circuit,” the lawyer argued.“How was this indictment prepared? Did the Magisterial Court even have the opportunity to hear it before the indictment was prepared?” another lawyer wondered.Monrovia Club Breweries further claimed that co-defendants Blay and Williams admitted to receiving some portion of the stolen property.It was based on these points that the Montserrado County grand jury indicted Blay, Williams and Jankpolo for the commission of the crimes theft of property and criminal conspiracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more