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Desire to Probe Mass Failure - Maryland County Supt. Evokes Education Meeting
By George K. Momo ( 0880303757-0777758095 / gmomo@selnanews.com )

Maryland County - A one day education meeting to strategize and put in place mechanism to curtail the mass failure of students in WAEC from Maryland County has ended.

The meeting brought together Principals of schools across the County, District Education Officers (DEOs), Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) Chairpersons, and officials of the local authority.

The meeting was organized by the County Superintendent Hon. Betsy Kuoh-Toe as part of her intervention to strengthen the educational system in Maryland County.

The Maryland County Superintendent said she has observed that much has not been heard from school authorities across the county by her office.

She maintained that it is important that her office and these educational stake holders brainstorm to find the way forward to put an everlasting end to students’ mass failure in the county.

The statics of the 2015/2016 West African Examination Council WAEC  in the County shows that 836 senior students sat the test and successful candidates amounted to 273 while 564 failed the exam.

Meanwhile, the Principal of the County premier high school Babayon Boatue, asserted that the act of one teacher teaching more than one school; students' weakness in studying their lessons; teachers not putting time to the high school they are teaching; the overlooking of WAEC exams by students, and the lack of text books and library as factors that are responsible for the mass failure of students across the County.

Adding his voice to the Cape Palmas High School Principal's observation was the District Education Officer of Harper, Mr. James G. Gaye, who remarked that the mass failure of students in Maryland County is at the result of teachers not consulting their lesson plans; lack evaluation skills; teachers not qualified, and the early request for  students' grades by WEAC, are also factors contributing to the mass failure in Maryland County.

At the end of the meeting the Maryland School System said it will liaise with the Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell College of Education at William V.S. Tubman University to provide trainings for teachers across the County to enable them improve their teaching skills and methodology.

The Maryland School system is expected to establish a committee to conduct research on student’s failure and will also establish a community school enhancement program in the County.

Hon. Betsy Kuoh-Toe added that she will work closely with the County Education Officer  and District Education Officers, Principals, and PTA chairpersons to improve the education system of Maryland County.  

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