University of Liberia to admit 1,800 students who failed admissions test

The University of Liberia has done an about-face on its admissions policy, now saying that 1,800 students will be admitted to the school after all 25,000 candidates flunked the entrance exam.

A university official told the BBC earlier this week that students who took the $25 admissions exam did not have a basic understanding of English, and it was the first time that all entrants failed.

But Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Tuesday that 1,800 students will be let in, despite failing the exam.

Sirleaf held discussions with school officials before making the announcement, but she did not disclose why the university agreed to admit the students, the BBC reports.

Sirleaf said the mass failure was a result of the university’s switch to higher admissions standards.

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