By Akoi M. Baysah, Jr.

Amidst claims that ‘the Liberian educational system is a mess’, some private individuals and institutions are making substantial efforts to improve educational outcomes at the primary and secondary levels. The DRIMS School System is one of the trail blazers in Liberia’s education sector. Founded by Pastor David Kerkulah, Sr. in Grand Bassa County, DRIMS maintains and upholds excellence in the academic arena. The School upholds and grooms its students under high moral principles and Christian ethics.

Presently located on GSA Road in Paynesville City, the institution started to impact the Liberian children from 1993 at primary school level in Grand Bassa County and reached an elementary level in 2002. To date the DRIMS School System has reached the senior high school level. All the first twelve grade students of the school who sat the 2015/2016 West African Examination Council (WAEC) Examination have successfully passed thereby product bringing pride to the institution, its faculty and staff, and mainly the students.

The Principal of the DRIMS School System, Mr. Isaac Kerkulah, is credited for this outstanding record that the school has broken. According to him, ‘the entire faculty and staff are proud that their school is among the hundred schools that made a successful pass in the WAEC examinations across the country’. Mr. Kerkulah is gratified for his students’ excellence, attributing it to the preparation that they have had from the instructional staff based on the prescribed education curriculum of the Government of Liberia. He commended the students for their hard studies during their educational sojourn at DRIMS.

Responding to claims that the education system in Liberia is a mess, Mr. Kerkulah maintains that the educational system like any other sector has some shortcomings, but it can be revamped to surpass its prewar status. This, he says requires ‘the collaborative efforts of everyone to help build a strong and vibrant education system in Liberia’. He used the DRIMS School System as a classic case indicating that ‘it is timely preparation and hard work that brought good result and success to the first twelve graders; hence if other schools both in the public and private sectors can learn from DRIMS, the nation’s educational standards and students’ learning outcomes could be improved.

The DRIMS’ Principal also believes that to improve educational outcomes in schools ‘parents, teacher and students need to make the ultimate sacrifice’. He therefore calls on government and proprietors of schools ‘to recruit qualified teachers, pay them attractive salaries and ensure proper administration of schools in the country’.

The 2016 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has recorded the largest failure in the history of the country Senior High School category in four years. Out of 46,927 students who registered for the exams, 22,671 failed. This constitutes 48.46%. In 2013, WAEC sitters recorded 7,884 failures (29.49%) out of 26,993 registered students, while in 2014, 13,651 students failed out of 27,881.

It can be recalled that in August of 2013, ‘all 25,000 high school students who sat the state owned University of Liberia failed the entrance examination’ thereby provoking President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to brand Liberia’s education system as “a mess”. However, critics blame the messy education system on the Government’s failure to commit adequate resources to the sector. Other analysts believe that ‘most of the officials at the Ministry of Education lack the requisite experience and qualification to enhance the education system in Liberia’. Mr. Chris Jones of Paynesville City argues that none of the Education Ministers under the President Sirleaf Administration has had a single kid attending a Liberian school.

According to some residents interviewed in the environ of the DRIMS School System have said the institution is one of the best in the country. This assertion has been validated by the exceptional performance of the first twelve graders of the school. They urge the Ministry of Education to help support the institution. The school blends academic activities with sports and recreation.

Although the 2015/2016 WAEC examinations have come and gone, there are still unsettle issues. It can be recalled that WAEC and Ministry of Education authorities announced that not a single student who sat the exams attained Division One average, but a student from the Joseph Jekins Roberts High School in Sinkor challenged the results and broke the record by attaining a Division One average. This has raised more questions regarding the credibility of those who marked the exams papers and those who published the results. Whatever the situation, the DRIMS School System has set a remarkable record by having all its first twelve graders successfully passing the WAEC exams.


  1. Konewa Manager says:

    This is commendabe. Move on DRIMS

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