Lilongwe, October 28, Mana: Minister of Education, Agness NyaLonje, says she is impressed with the administration of the 2021 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations which commenced on Tuesday, this week.
She made the remarks in Dedza on Tuesday when she inspected the administration of the examinations at Dedza and Umbwi Secondary Schools as well as Mchisu and Katsekaminga Community Day Secondary Schools.
“The overall impression is that the exams have started very well. We have not picked up many cases of absenteeism. The issue of absenteeism is usually easy to tell at the end of the whole exercise when the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) brings together all their data from all centres.
“The turn up is good for all the centres that we have inspected for both candidates from the open and distance learning and internal candidates as well,” she said.
The minister, however, said comparing with Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations and Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE), there has been much attention paid to ensure that every candidate is seated at the desk.
NyaLonje said she expected tight security throughout the examination period.
“We expect no cheating and no leakage of examination papers. So far, there has never been any report of that and we are confident that the exams will go like that because we have put in place all measures,” she explained.
The minister further said MANEB examinations are important national events, hence urged candidates, parents and guardians, teachers and all citizens to honour the examinations to maintain the quality of education.
This year, 128, 969 candidates are expected to sit for MSCE examinations.