WAEC Cancels 500 Candidates’ Results

first_imgThe greatest challenge of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), particularly in Liberia, has remained the herculean task of conducting hitch-free examinations void of malpractices.The challenge arises from any act or behavior by either the examiners or the candidates which is not in accordance with acceptable standards.  WAEC also aims to discourage any act or behavior that is damaging to the efficient conduct of the Council’s business, or tends to bring the Council into public disrepute. Owing to such malpractices, the Head of National Office (HNO) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., has annulled results for 539 candidates.  At the same time, the HNO is investigating 33 schools for ‘collusion’ during the conduct of the June/ May administered exams. The exams were administered to the 27,651 12th graders and the 31,927 9th graders, respectively, across the country. At a press conference over the weekend at WAEC’s head offices in Congo Town, Monrovia, Mr. Gayvolor, admitted that in spite of several pre-emptive measures put in place, exam malpractices surfaced at some of the testing centers. “Most of these malpractices were master-minded or perpetrated by some hired test supervisors, proctors/investigators, candidates, examiners and even school authorities to say the least,” Mr. Gayvolor disclosed. He said that during the marking of the May/June exam scripts, examiners reported that candidates from 33 senior high schools were involved in collusion (same test writing and or answer) when the tests were being administered. Of the 33 senior high schools involved, 17 were Montserrado County-based high schools, with Margibi recording 11, Grand Gedeh one, Grand Kru two, and Nimba County one. Mr. Gayvolor further disclosed that, “four hundred and sixty-two senior and fifty-nine junior high school candidates were involved in some form of examination malpractices, while 18 candidates were also involved in malpractices in the administration of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).” As such, Mr. Gayvolor has announced the annulment of the entire results for those candidates.   The decision which was arrived at by the Liberia Examinations Committee at its 38th meeting held on Friday, November 21, 2014. Mr. Gayvolor also disclosed that one test supervisor (not named) was found guilty of extorting money from some junior high school candidates for the purpose of assisting the candidates to have undue advantage in the exams. Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have dismissed the supervisor, who was described as a principal of a public school, while an examiner was arrested and reportedly sent to court for attempting to solicit money from a school authority in order to assist his candidates. Immediately upon the discovery of the act, Mr. Gayvolor said, the principal of the school instantly alerted WAEC.  Subsequently the examiner was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police who immediately sent the accused to court. The matter is pending before court.Unreliable Assessment ScoresMr. Gayvolor explained that grades submitted by some schools for the three-year period (7th, 8th, and 9th for Junior high and 10th, 11th and 12th grades for senior high) are referred to as the “Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS). These grades, after being subjected to statistical analysis, form an integral part of the overall performance of the candidates on the examination. “Unfortunately,” Mr. Gayvolor said, “some school authorities submitted unreliable CASS such as 88% for all the candidates during the three-year period.”Ten senior high schools submitted uninformed grades or unreliable CASS for the candidates as continuous assessment scores, he said. “As a result of this, the entire outcomes for the 258 candidates with 226 in Montserrado County School System and 10 and 22 each in  Lofa and Margibi counties are unreliable CASS. “In this manner, each of the school authorities involved is being found guilty by WAEC Board of Inquiry for “unprofessional academic behavior,” said Mr. Gayvolor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parfaite Harmonie residents peeved over lack of streetlights, overgrown vegetation

first_imgResidents of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), have expressed frustration over the lack of attention being given to the housing scheme by the relevant authorities.The residents revealed they have made several calls to the Ministry of Communities as well as the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Malgre-Tout, WBD, for the removal of overgrown vegetation from unoccupied house lots and for the provision of streetlights.La Parfaite Harmonie is one of the largest housing schemes established by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) within the recent decade, comprising several plantations, namely Schoonord, Westminster, Onderneeming, Recth-Door-Zee and Lust-En-Rust.The residents are complaining that there are no lights on long stretches of roads. This, they say, has been aiding robbers who pounce on unsuspecting victims at night.“We don’t have any street lights. Persons coming home late in the night have to be extremely careful because these lil’ thieves does deh in all ah them dark corners waiting fuh ketch who them could ketch. Yet, yuh see them ain’t doing nothing fuh help ease the problem like give one or two streetlights,” Simone Marks a resident related.She explained that the overgrown vegetation and trees that have taken over unoccupied lots are aiding the criminals as they often run through the bushes after committing their crimes. She further pointed out that the community does not have regular Police patrols or even a Police Outpost.Sherry Singh, a homeowner also voiced dissatisfaction over the lack of street lights and the poor maintenance of the unoccupied house lots: “We are plagued by mosquitoes and insects because of the overgrown vegetation on these house lots.” She explained that many lots that were distributed are yet to be unoccupied, and the owners are not tending to their land, meaning it is overgrown with trees and shrubs.Residents are pleading with the authorities to install street lights in the housing scheme to prevent an escalation of crime. “Yuh know how much time we went to different people and newspapers asking them to highlight this problem? They highlight it yes, but still them people from the Ministry or Regional Office nah come and see fuh help the situation,” one resident complained.Additionally, they are calling on owners of house lots not yet occupied to clear the lots of overgrown vegetation. The residents related that they are pleased with the decision by the CH&PA to confiscate unoccupied lots from the owners, as they say these errant land owners are adding to the problems of the communities.Government has budgeted $5.279 billion to be spent on the housing sector this year. Most of this sum is slated to go towards community infrastructure works such as installation of electricity, streetlights, pure water supply and distribution network, and construction of roads, drains and drainage structures in eight regions.last_img read more

ECD man nabbed with Police badges

first_img…25 in custody following Police operationsSeveral Police operations conducted in Divisions C (East Coast Demerara), D (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and B (Berbice) have led to the arrest of 25 persons for several offences.In C Division, the Police acting on information received, swooped down on a house at Area G Industry, East Coast Demerara, at about 15:00h where 14 live ammunition, a pair of metal handcuffs, two Police metal cap badges, four cellphones, six small ziplock bags with cannabis and a cannabis plant were unearthed.The owner of the property has since claimed knowledge of the items, the Police said, and is in custody assisting with the investigation.Meanwhile, over in D Division, a three-hour cordon and search operation in Pouderoyen, Samaroo Dam and Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara, led to eight persons being detained for narcotics possession, being found on a premises where narcotics is sold and break and enter and larceny.Those persons are being processed for court.On the other hand, 16 male Berbicians were arrested on Friday in B Division during a five-hour long cordon and search operation in Number One, Two and Three Sub-Divisions.According to the Police, the men were arrested for robbery under arms, rape, possession of cannabis (two grams) and cocaine (15 grams), break and enter and larceny, unlawful possession of an outboard engine, an Acer laptop, three music boxes, and an assortment of tools.last_img read more

Female airlifted to Grande Prairie hospital after Saturday morning crash

first_imgThe 29 year old male driver of the pickup  allegedly failed to signal before turning left, and the semi, driven by a 35 year old male, hit the pickup on the passenger side. The pickup driver sustained minor injuries, but the 23 year old female passenger sustained serious injuries and was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to hospital in Grande Prairie. An update on the condition of the Alberta residents is not available. The driver of the pickup was issued a ticket for failing to signal a left turn under the Motor Vehicle Act. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.- Advertisement –last_img

Manchester United post record profits

first_imgDebt, linked to the purchase of the club by the Glazer family in 2005, dropped to £213.1 million from £260.9 million a year previously.Broadcasting revenue rocketed by 38.2 percent to £194.1 million following the Premier League’s new rights agreement.Despite finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, United qualified for this season’s Champions League by virtue of winning the Europa League and also won the League Cup in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge.Earlier this year, financial analysts Deloitte revealed United had returned to the top of football’s rich list for the first time since 2005, supplanting Real Madrid thanks to revenues of £515 million.In June, US magazine Forbes said the Manchester giants had overtaken Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team thanks to the club’s enduring brand appeal and aggressive sponsorship strategies.“We concluded a successful 2016/17 season with a total of three trophies (including the Community Shield) and a return to Champions League football,” said executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.“We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season.”The Premier League joint leaders expect similar figures during the current financial year.Woodward is also expecting a change in dynamic when it comes to bidding for TV rights, with non-traditional players such as Facebook and Amazon vying to enter the European football market.“Absolutely, I think they’ll enter the mix,” he said. “I think anecdotally there was strong interest in the last cycle.“We are hearing that around the Premier League table but we’re also hearing that from a European perspective as well, in terms of interest in the Champions League and in Europa rights.“But I think the wider picture you have to look at (is) what is happening elsewhere at the moment because obviously there aren’t any clear European sales to these kind of partners at the moment.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United announced record revenue, earning revenues of £581.2 million ($783 million, 659 million euros) in the 12 months to the end of June and made an operating profit of £80.8 million © AFP/File / MOHD FYROLLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – Manchester United announced record revenues and operating profits on Thursday despite missing out on the riches of the Champions League last season.The Old Trafford club earned revenues of £581.2 million ($783 million, 659 million euros) in the 12 months to the end of June and made an operating profit of £80.8 million.last_img read more

Bad Santa is back on the rampage this week at Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgEntertainment: This week’s new releases at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane feature the thrilling Allied and the festively mischievous Bad Santa 2.AlliedIn 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Bad Santa 2Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.com Loyalty CardsGet yours today Kids ClubSat & Sun @ 12noonTickets €1.80 Christmas @ Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane  Bad Santa is back on the rampage this week at Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentmovieslast_img read more

Chelsea fear star man will leave once Christian Pulisic arrives – reports

first_imgThe 20-year-old’s potential arrival would surely mean even less game time for the England Under-19 international, who wanted to leave on loan in the summer.After starring in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, it appeared Sarri was willing to give the talented teen the game time he so desperately craves.But it now seems as though he could be set to follow former Blues academy graduate Dominic Solanke out of the Stamford Bridge exit door.The 21-year-old is now at Liverpool after letting his contract run down – meaning the Reds had to sign a paltry compensation fee to get him to sign. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Pulisic in action for the USA against Italy Hudson-Odoi on the run for Chelsea in the Community Shield Final RANKED 2 targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND center_img Callum Hudson-Odoi is STILL yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea, leaving the Blues hierarchy fearing he could leave for free.The west Londoners are reportedly closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic, meaning Hudson-Odoi’s game time is likely to be reduced even further. REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The 18-year-old has made just two Europa League appearances this season, despite many predicting he would break into the  first team after a fantastic pre-season.According to The Sun, Chelsea want him to agree terms on a new deal before allowing him to leave on loan in January.His current contract has 18 months left to run on it, but there have been no breakthrough in talks between the two parties at this point in time.After a meteoric rise to prominence for club and country, USA international Pulisic is a January transfer target for the Blues. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more


first_imgBreda and Kathleen McGinty at the Oasis Bar in Letterkenny.A Donegal bar has launched a unique service for fed-up female shoppers – a husband-sitting service!The well-known Oasis Bar in Letterkenny is offering to look after nagging husbands while their wives or girlfriends shop their socks off.Staff at the popular bar, which is adjacent to Letterkenny Shopping Centre, have even advertised their services on a sandwich board outside the bar.The sign asks women shoppers if they want a bit of peace to shop or if they just need a bit of time to themselves.They then offer the ‘Daycare Centre’ for husbands or boyfriends – with either a standard package of a pint of beer or a deluxe package of a whiskey!The bar is run by husband and wife team James and Jacqui Gallagher, who formerly operated Galfees Restaurant.A spokesman for the bar said they were just having a bit of fun but will be more than delighted to look after any husband or boyfriend who would do anything rather than go shopping!“It’s a bit of fun but we’d be delighted to look after any husband or boyfriend who hates shopping. It’s more so to give their poor wives or girlfriend a bit of peace so they shop without having to be nagged or hurry all the time.“They can have something nice to eat here from our extensive menu and they can watch all the sport they handle on our big screens.“Everyone’s a winner and everyone goes home happy,” laughed a spokesman for the bar.And with staff like sisters Breda and Kathleen McGinty, the bar is set to be packed in the coming weeks and months ahead.DONEGAL BAR OFFERS UNIQUE HUSBAND-SITTING SERVICE FOR FEMALE SHOPPERS! was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boyfriendsdonegalhusbandsletterkennyOasis Barlast_img read more

Cranes CHAN preps enter day 4

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020Shafick KagimutopUganda Cranes The Cranes have been training since Sunday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers Somalia vs UgandaEl Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, DjiboutiSaturday, 27-07-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes team preparing for the upcoming CHAN 2020 first-round qualifiers continued with their preparations on Wednesday morning.This is their fourth day of training under the non-residential set-up, having started on Sunday, July 14th.A total of 23 players turned up for the morning session at Lugogo with 22 of them taking part in the day’s training.URA FC captain Shafik Kagimu who is nursing an ankle injury sustained the previous day (Tuesday), was the one who sat out the morning session.The session concentrated mainly on ball retention and building attacks from the back, something head coach Abdallah Mubiru thinks, should be worked upon.“Today (Wednesday), we have focused on trying to build from defence and how best we can get the ball to the forwards because it is an area where we are still lucking, said Mubiru after the session.“Since we started training, the response has been good as players try to do what is expected of them and in the case of a mistake, they are all eager to rectify it.The Cranes are slated to take on URA FC on Thursday morning, in their first build-up game since starting training last Sunday and it is a game Mubiru is intending to use so as to gauge the progress of the players.“We have been here for four days and gone through several training sessions.“The game against URA will be one to use to see how far we have gone in terms of training as we put our sessions into a game situation.Since training started on Sunday, there have been seven players absent from camp.The players in question are all with the KCCA FC team that is taking part in the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup, in Kigali-Rwanda.Seven KCCA FC players have not been part of training since Sunday.Asked whether that has been a negative to the team’s plans, the Police FC tactician has this to say;“We can into camp knowing that those players will not be with us so we cannot use that as an excuse in terms of preparations.“We are not missing them at the moment and all we have to do is pray they come back healthy and ready to join us.Wednesday was the last day that the Cranes were under-taking double sessions while in a none-residential setup.The team will hold a morning session on Thursday, 18th July, before entering residential camp in the evening.They will then travel for Hoima the following day. While in Hoima, they will play a Regional tour game with Kitara Region on Saturday before returning to Kampala on Sunday.Upon returning to Kampala, they will step-up preparations for the game against Somalia, on the 26th of July.Players who trained on WednesdayGoalkeepersAlitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)DefendersWilla Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC). MidfieldersTaddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan, Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Kakiri Town Council FC).StrikersKaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC) and Odong Johnson (Police FC).The technical team of the Uganda CranesHead coach – Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments last_img read more

Giants lose 10th straight as injury news gets worse

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN FRANCISCO >> The injuries mount. So do the defeats. And the Giants offense appears to have mostly vanished.For the second night in a row, the Giants went down with barely a whimper, losing to the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Tuesday before an announced crowd of 35,285 at AT&T Park. It was the 10th loss in a row for the Giants (68-78), marking the longest such streak since 1996. They have never lost 11 in a row in …last_img