Malawi National examinations Board (Maneb) has started administering this year’s Junior Certificate of Extermination (JCE) with about 134,178 candidates registered up from the last year’s 126,816.
The examinations which in some rural areas were delivered on bicycle taxi locally known as Kabaza started yesterday and will end on Friday.
MANEB Public Relations Officer, Simeon Maganga said examination materials were successfully delivered to all distribution centers across the country and assured of tight security.
He however warned that those found cheating would face the law.
“Section 14 of MANEB Act, demands that whosoever is caught cheating and is convicted, he or she is supposed to be sentenced to two years in jail with hard labour and fined K50, 000. If it’s not a candidate then that person if convicted will have to pay K300, 000 and serve a ten year jail sentence,” said Maganga.
On the issue of using Kabaza to deliver the examination papers Maganga said: “The arrangement is that part of the examination fee students pay goes towards logistics in relation to transportation of examination materials. This money goes directly to clusters and not to Maneb.”
“MANEB recommends transportation using vehicles. In extreme cases, motorcycles are recommended, but not bicycles as that will compromise security of the examination papers. But we will investigate and summon district education managers to explain the cause,” he said.
Based on timetable for the 2014 JCE examinations, the candidates will first sit for Biology in the morning and then Geography in the afternoon. Other subjects include Mathematics, English, History and Latin.