Malawi examination results concern CECOM

The Catholic Education Commission in Malawi (CECOM), an arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) says it is concerned with the performance of students at Malawi National Examination Board’s (MANEB) examinations.

Stephen Ndhlovu: Concern

Stephen Ndhlovu: Concern

In a statement signed by CECOM’s National Education Policy Coordinator, Steven Ndhlovu bemoaned the failure of students at Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE), Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) and Malawi School Certificate Examinations (MSCE) was an indication of dwindling standards of education.

“It is a manifestation of an ineffective process of teaching and learning that is not adequate enough to prepare students, not only for MANEB examinations, but also the acquisition of expected academic standards,” reads the statement in part.

The commission observed that since this trend has been going on for a long time, the nation now seems to consider it as normal and acceptable and yet it is a serious cause for concern.

CECOM said the situation was a result of a combination of several factors, with shortage of trained teaching staff as one of the major ones.

The Commission appealed to Ministry of Education Science and Technology to consider improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools by employment more and qualified teachers.

The concern comes in the wake of the results of MSCE which has seen 71.486 students passing out of 130,296 candidates representing 54.9 percent pass rate.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi examination results concern CECOM”

  1. Citizen 'O' says:

    I don’t subscribe by the idea that the high failure rate is a serious development whatever reasoning that these semi-academics are using. A good education system is usually characterised by a high failure rate. In fact if all learners had passed the exam then we could have questioned the standards of our education. In the yesteryears it could take three or four years to have someone scoring six points; and during that time our education system was highly revered. But today we are having ten students from one school getting six points, we seriously have to start getting worried.

    Our education system is going the Nigerian way where you can simply buy your certificate without going through the hustles and bustles of classroom work. Take it from me, in five years time, it will be hard for someone scoring thirteen points to get into the university. These organisations should worry much about the academic inflation that MANEB exams are creating than anything else. I liked the situation in Liberia last year where every candidate failed the University Entrance Exams. I mean people shouldn’t be passed for the sake of it; they need to earn their grades the academic way.

  2. ice king says:


  3. In fact people are not intereted in teaching. What people are interesd in is just a Univesity degree. What people want is how these Accounts clerks with just Jc are driving in poshy cars than someone with a degree in Teaching. Its better be aLawyer kuti tiziba bwino. Lawyers are exploiters. Tikukuwonani. Lawyer wathu wa South Africa uja wanditsegula mmaso. Tiikoka imene ija.

  4. Gereson jailosi says:

    Education valsue now goes down. Bcz most of the teachers are nt hard workers due to less salaries pls u must consetrate for teacher local

  5. western guta says:

    why cant malawi go back to the old ways of education, the curriculum of the 80s and 90s?

  6. dadaboma says:

    It is not lack of qualified teachers that is to blame for poor performance at PSLCE, JCE, MSCE. It is political interference in education that is the problem. CECOM should lay the blame at the correct doorstep. Govt said long time ago during Bakili regime that primary sch pupils should not fail and repeat a class but everyone should just be pushed to the next class whether they fail or not. Pupils are lumped in one grade for assessment rather than making the number one pupil stand out and be applauded to promote competition. There is no competition in Malawi schools. The DPP’s quota system is not promoting competition, it is stifling academic excellence and promoting laziness in schools. These are the real factors pushing back education standards in the country – the evil politicians from the southern part of Malawi.

  7. toxic club house says:

    de problem of shortage of teachers is due to corrupt practices which hav seen wrong individuals being picked during inteviews leaving de capable en qualified ones out of de system….i hate malawis employment policy …… i better be an interpreneur

  8. The Sublime says:

    Mr. Ndlovu bwana, ask the teachers, they will tell you why. Don’t blame the system!

  9. Jiyi says:

    worrying that more students failed MSCE is nonsense. You should worry about those who passed MSCE. What will they be doing out there when university and other government colleges intake is only 7% of those who passed MSCE

  10. Mbanangwa says:

    When Bakili Muluzi introduced free primary education, he did well only that we were not prepared for the influx of pupils in primary schools. There were few teachers to meet the ballooning number of pupils. Ratios of 1 teacher to 165 pupils surfaced. No matter how brilliant one teacher may display his prowess at teaching, it is impossible to help the pupils adequately.
    Since the introduction of free primary school education, a lot of experiments have been done on pupils: ODL, Mastep and name the numerous steps taken to introduce half baked teachers to meet the demand of teacher to pupil ratio. Add to the same problem change of curriculum etc. what else do we expect=DISASTER. Some university students failing to express themselves in English, shame, Form 4 students failing to write an essay in English, Some Form 2 students failing to comprehend (ab+a) or (a x a) and standard 8 pupils failing to read Chichewa or English. You wonder how they were promoted from one class to the next. In short, we have copied a lot from changes that are happeningin other countries. For example, Norway will say no student is dull. It is true because their class work are participative, in groups of less than 12 students. In Scotland, the largest class I visited had 12 pupils. The teaching is very participative, interaction etc. the pupils easily remember the lessons. The problems of particular students are closely followed. In short, we are in trouble indeed. It is a big problem that requires us all banging heads together. Copying what is happening in other countries will not solve our problems.

  11. MADALA TEAM says:


  12. Nihoriya says:

    The condition of Primary School Teachers is very pathetic; very low salaries, teacher to learner ratio very bad. Go to some private secondary schools, no qualified teachers. The problem elected officials send their children to best private school not these underfunded schools for poor Malawians & the politicians are very busy enriching themselves. Forget standards of education Mr Ndhlovu you are your wasting time & resource. We have too old leaders that can’t think of the future. The only thing they think is a grave, how much to live their families & today’s food. Check around you how old people behave. What a mistake? I didn’t vote for a too old person who hours on earth than days that isn’t going to live the mess is creating. Shame!

  13. mabwiti says:

    Anawo eni ake sakulimbikira kusewera too much anzawo akhoza alemba mayeso aku Mozambique? Blame yoyamba ipite ku boma silikupereka ma teaching and learning materials okwanira kumasukulu yachiwiri ndi eni ake ana we cannot blame teachers here

  14. m'bantu says:

    vuto lalikulu lagona pa tchers ku primary sch. TTC kumatenga anthu a ma passes okhaokha with a credit in english and maths only? dziko likufa ili chifukwa ma ODL tchrs wa. mangani ma ttc okwanira.

  15. Kasiya boy says:

    Its too much

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