UL Cancels Entrance Exam
Over 10,000 candidates, who wrote the University of Liberia entrance exams in May this year, may have no choice but to accept the disappointing news that the UL Administration has cancelled the exam.
Making the disclosure Monday in Grand Cape Mount County, UL President Dr. Emmet Dennis said the University encountered technical problem from its data processing center, constraining it the cancel the entrance exam.
Dr. Dennis however said the exam will be re-administered in August. What was left unclear is whether all candidates, who previously registered, will be allowed to rewrite the exam.
Speaking at program marking the dedication of the David A. Straz, Jr. Senje Technical and Vocational College of the University of Liberia in Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County, Dr. Dennis said the University will henceforth restrict the entrance exam to specific number of students other than the regular 24,000 candidates, who usually registered for the exam.
He said there are six community colleges across the country that are now fully operational.
In a related development, The UL President has described the dedication of phase I of the David A. Straz, Jr.-Senje Technical & Vocational Center as another milestone in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s desire to provide quality education to Liberian youth.
He disclosed that the college will begin with an enrollment of nearly 500 students for academic activities in two directions – one leading to an Associate Degree program, and a Certificate program, adding all programs will be “demand-driven.”
For the first year, the certificate programs will include: Estate Management, Hospitality Management, and Computer Literacy to be elevated to Associate Degree level subsequently in the areas of Agronomy and Animal Science, General Engineering, and Teacher’s Education.
“For all of these degree programs, entrepreneurship and ethics will form part of the curriculum,” Dr. Dennis said, and added that students graduating with an AA Degree will have to take two and half years to complete the degree because nobody will graduate from there without a skill.
Dr. Dennis said in its second year of operation, the college intends to include in the curriculum Refined Carpentry, Plumbing, Auto-Mechanics, Electricity, Sculpture and Welding.
“A student leaving Straz-Senje must be employable, capable of opening a business or going on for a Bachelor’s degree,” he emphasized.
Also speaking, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf indicated that although Montserrado County is hosting Liberia’s 165th Independence Anniversary, where development projects are usually dedicated during this period, it was proper and befitting that the college, though situated in Grand Cape Mount County, be dedicated during this period since the American philanthropist who provided most of the funding for its rehabilitation and construction, Ambassador David Straz, Jr., is currently in Liberia for the July 26 Independence Day celebration.
Amb. Straz is also Liberia’s Honorary Consul General to Florida, in the United States.
President Sirleaf thanked the people of Grand Cape Mount County for providing 1,000 acres of land on which the facility is situated, and warned that with the abundance of land given the institution, it should be able to feed itself.
“Our subsidy to boarding institutions will be based upon their ability to become self-sufficient, particularly in food,” she said, noting Cape Mount is known as a “book” county, but its people “don’t make farms.”
In remarks, philanthropist Straz said he was proud to have been able to contribute to a project where youth would acquire needy skills to attain meaningful employment, and be able to continue their studies at the University of Liberia.
Mr. Straz, who spoke of his passion for education, said he was touched by all who turned out to share in the special occasion saying “special for me, special for the county, and special for Liberia.”