A private consultant said the days are over when students were admitted into the University of Liberia through bribery or based on how many important people they known. James Dorbor Jallah was hired by the university to manage and administer this year’s entrance examination. Nearly 25,000 high school graduates who took the exam failed. Minister of Education Etmonia David-Tarpeh reportedly said she would discuss the issue with university officials. However, she expressed doubt that all 25,000 students failed the admission exam. Dorbor-Jallah said students seeking admission into the university would study harder if they are made to understand that admission is based on personal ability and not through bribery. He said he was hired because the university has had problems in the past about the credibility and integrity of its admission exam. “There is a perception in our society largely that once you take the University of Liberia admission exam, if you do not pay money to someone, or if you do not have appropriate connections, you would not be placed on the results list. So, the University has been grappling with how they could manage the process whereby people’s abilities would be truly measured on the basis of their performance on the examination,” he said. Dorbor-Jallah made it clear he was not speaking as spokesman of the University of Liberia but rather as a private citizen who was contacted by university president, Dr. Emmet Dennis to help restore public confidence in the university’s admission process. He said the 2013 admission exam was no different from previous exams that had been administered by the university in terms of subject matter content. Dorbor-Jallah said the exam tested high school graduates based on the curriculum of the […]