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WAEC begins one- week working Party Meeting 

 

 

Experts from vocational and technical education from across Liberia Monday, March 28, 2022 gathered in Kakata City, Margibi County to brainstorm on ways and means to prepare Liberian students ahead of the planned administering of vocational and technical education at the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

The technicians over the next one week will be reviewing current curriculum, harmonized and alien them to ensure the applicability to Liberia’s standards.

Tailoring  , Civic Education, Electricity, plumbing , Arabic and Islamic studies, Agriculture, Masonry,  Electronics, Metal Work, Welding fabrication and machinery and Accounting, among others are among key areas the participants are currently reviewing.

Speaking at the opening of the session, the Head of National office of the West African Examination Council Liberia Office, Dale Gbotoe, disclosed that it is the first of its kind for such historic exercise to be initiated in Liberia.

Highlighting the importance of the weeklong exercise to the media , Mr. Gbotoe stated that Technical Vocational Education is pivotal to any Nation as such the direct beneficiaries, the candidates including students should make maximum use of the opportunity.

He encouraged the technicians to put in their very best during the one week exercise in order to help reflect the proper image and representation for Liberia.

Also speaking at the program was the Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Alexander Duopu who commended WAEC for such an exercise.

According to him, the government is currently working on modalities along with other partners and actors in the sector to have a one and a standard national curriculum for the betterment of the sector.

Already he disclosed that scores of TVET instructors from Liberia are in other African Countries building their capacity to ensure that they return home soon and help the students of Liberia.

“Our first priority is to work on the syllables of those institutions currently teaching vocational education at their respective schools,” said the acting head of test development, Wynnna George Soper.

According to her the National party meeting which will last for one week will look at courses guidelines and outlines as well as curriculum development.

“We will work with them to see what they have to what we already have and see how best it will work for the common good of the sector,” she noted.

Moreover, she explained that after the National working party meeting  , they will look at the differences in what they all have and subsequently write their headquarters for an International working party meeting to sit and harmonized the entire process before making any further progress.

Unfortunately she informed our reporter that some of the schools teaching voc/tech do not have curriculum but are using course guide this and many others they want to work on before the introduction of voc/tech into the exams.

Meanwhile, the over fifty participants are expected to come up with a working document, which will be presented to headquarters before final determination and for subsequent implementation soon.

 

 

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