Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have announced that about 100,074 candidates representing 9th and 12th graders will sit for this year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams scheduled for May 19 to 27, 2016.Felicia Sackie Doe-Sumah, Assistant Minister for Basic and Primary Education, addressing yesterday’s press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia said “This exam is special because we have two classes from two different academic years that will be writing the 2016 WAEC. We have the students from 2014 to 2015 and also the students from 2015 to 2016, and because of that, we will have more centers for the test.”Minister Doe-Sumah said the 9th graders will begin writing the exam on Thursday May 19 and end on May 20, while the 12th graders will begin on Monday, May 23 and end on May 27, 2016.“For the 9th graders, we have 1,198 schools that will be participating in this year’s testing with a total of 53,159 candidates, because of WAEC’s cancellation of the test last year. Of that number, we have 27,921 males and 25,283 females, which also suggest that the girls are making more effort to pursue an education and must be commended. For grade 12, we have about 514 schools that will be participating with the total candidates of 46,915. We also have a total of 21,963 females as well,” said Minister Doe-Sumah.She explained that the supervisors will include teachers and principals assigned to various schools, adding that: “For monitoring, we will have staff from the Ministry of Education and the different secretariats ably assisted by some organizations to ensure a better monitoring system across the country.”“Considering the huge number of candidates, we will have more centers across Liberia for this year’s testing. We are also saying that all schools or campuses that will be used should allow their other students to remain at home. Campuses used for testing must only allow students sitting for the test,” she maintained.Minister Doe-Sumah stressed that schools that will not be used must allow their students to attend regular classes, as the Ministry will not allow closure of institutions that are not participating in the exam. She said despite the continued update by the Ministry, students and school administrators continue to suggest that MOE has called for the closure of all schools during the upcoming testing, describing it as false and misleading. Minister Doe-Sumah urged school administrators to help keep students busy by providing assignments that will be graded. “We also want to warn school administrators that are engaged in collecting graduation fees ahead of the WAEC to desist from such activities now as only WAEC results will lead to such. Please contact MOE on this number if encountering this problem: 0777403676,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Israel Perez knows a thing or two about rising gasoline prices. As a driver for Unity Courier, the 58-year-old West Covina resident travels as much as 130 miles a day to make his deliveries. And with gas prices soaring at the pump in recent days, he’s feeling the pain. ‘Before the prices started going up again I was spending about $20 a day on gas,’ he said. ‘But now it’s about $30 a day.’ Perez isn’t the only consumer who’s feeling the financial pinch of higher fuel prices. Gas prices had declined from historic, $3-per-gallon highs in October for nearly 13 weeks leading up to Jan. 1, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Before the New Year, motorists could find regular gas for a little above $2 per gallon at several San Gabriel Valley stations. But since then, prices have risen dramatically. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Most of the increase California motorists saw between Jan. 2 and Jan.9 was directly related to the cost of a barrel of oil, said Rob Schlichting, a spokesman for the California Energy Commission. Between Dec. 27 and Jan. 10, that price rose to $60.62 from $56.01 an increase of $4.61 per barrel, he said. Generally, about 42 gallons of gas can be produced from one barrel which led to about an 11 cent increase per gallon through Jan. 9, he said. But the reasons for the increase in oil are less clear. Some of it may simply be attributed to oil trading, which has increased the price for a barrel of oil, Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said. But world events also can influence oil prices, he said. Comments made about Iran’s government regarding its nuclear programs and the country’s intentions is another factor that may have fueled the increase, Spring said. But whatever the reasons, motorists are paying significantly more at the pump these days. On Thursday, the Chevron station at Fair Oaks Avenue and Monterey Road in South Pasadena posted regular at $2.43 a gallon. ‘It’s gone up 14 cents over the last week,’ said Robert Vrger, a clerk at the station. And when prices go up? ‘Business drops off,’ Vrger said. ‘We’re selling 2,000 gallons less a week.’ On Thursday, the lowest local prices could be found at an Arco station and a Valero station in Whittier, both of which were selling regular gasoline for $2.25 per gallon. Meanwhile, gas at the self-serve Mobil station on the corner of Allen Avenue and Villa Street in Pasadena was selling for $2.55 for unleaded regular, $2.65 for special and $2.75 for premium on Thursday. Manager Willie Jordancq has worked at the station 14 years and said these are some of the highest prices he can recall. ‘When I started here,’ he said, ‘gas was 75 cents a gallon.’ The station’s last price hike was six cents, he said, adding that he expects prices will continue to rise, and that Mobil officials don’t explain the hikes. ‘They just do it,’ he said. But Jordan said he does hear from customers. ‘ How come?’ That’s the main question,’ he said. ‘The only thing I’ve heard, from news reports, is that the demand for gas is the reason it’s going back up. That doesn’t explain a lot, but that’s what I hear.’ Staff Writers Jim Steinberg and Emanuel Parker contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Club America’s unbeaten streak in the Mexican Primera Division was halted Saturday, and slumping Cruz Azul fell to second place in its Apertura group. Jaguares (3-3-6), from Chiapas, opened a three-goal lead and held on for a 4-3 triumph over America, snapping the Mexico City giant’s 28-game unbeaten streak, stretching to last spring’s Clausura season. Klebern gave visiting America (9-1-2) a third-minute lead, but Salvador Cabanas converted a 29th-minute penalty kick, Everaldo de Assis Barbosa provided a 39th-minute lead, and Oscar Rojas’ own goal just before halftime stretched the advantage to two goals. Carlos Ochoa made it 4-1 in the 60th; America rallied on goals by Aaron Padilla (78th) and Kleber (90th), his seventh of the campaign. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Necaxa (7-2-3) pulled within five points of America in Group 1 with a 3-1 triumph over visiting Cruz Azul (7-3-2), which fell to second in Group 3, a point behind Monterrey (7-2-3). The Rayaldos won 3-2 at struggling Guadalajara (3-4-5) on Guillermo Franco’s 89th-minute goal. Defending champion Chelsea extended its perfect start in the English Premier League to nine games with a 5-1 victory over Bolton. Frank Lampard scored twice and set up two more goals. The Blues (9-0-0) lead the division by nine points and have surrendered only three goals. Elsewhere: Rudolf Skacel scored his eighth goal as Hearts (8-0-2), from Edinburgh, scored a 1-0 win over second-place Celtic (7-1-2) in Glasgow to retain a three-point lead in the Scottish Premier League. … Werder Bremen overtook Bayern Munich atop the German Bundesliga standings on goal differential with a 6-2 romp over Nuremberg behind Miroslav Klose’s hat trick. Bayern was held to a 1-1 tie by Schalke 04. … David Di Michele scored three goals in Udinese’s 3-2 win over Siena in Italian Serie A.