Malawi saving K2bn yearly on JC exams abolishment – Minister

Government says it can employ 850 secondary school teachers or install 30 laboratory classes out of the K2 billion which the Ministry of Education will save through the abolishment of junior certificate examination.

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano: JCE not vital now

Minister of Education Emmanuel Fabiano said in Parliament when he was making a ministerial statement to explain to opposition parliamentarians the government decision to hike secondary school fees and abolish JC exams.

Fabiano said the JC exam as useless and a just a drain in government coffers as most if not all employers, including the government no longer recognises the certificate as minimum academic qualification for employment.

“In both eastern and southern Africa, it is only Malawi and Zambia that continues to administer the examination. The rest of the countries require national examinations at the end of the cycle of secondary school education,” he said.

He therefore said the K2 billion that the government used to spend in administering the examination will help improve learning and teaching process in secondary school.

Fabiano said the JC examination was also set at the time when form three and form four places were limited so it as used as way of getting brighter students to form three.

He said things have now changed as all secondary schools, including day and community secondary schools have places up to form four so it makes no sense to deny somebody a place.

After all, the minister said, the government wants Malawians to have complete secondary school education.

Fabiano also warned head teachers against sending back home students who fail to pay school fees within two weeks and replace their places during second selection, saying this system was discontinued.

He said students who pay 50 per cent of the fees can remain in school and if the student fails to pay school fees, the student can apply to have a place in the next academic season, saying access to education should not just be for the rich only.

Fabiano said this is why the government has increased bursary money from K430 million to K480 million a year to allow the poor access education.

The minister said the new bursary rules now allow traditional leaders and councillors to sit in council meetings to identify the needy for the bursary.

In addition to government, he said, Unicef and other organisations have their own bursary programmes with own criteria.

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23 thoughts on “Malawi saving K2bn yearly on JC exams abolishment – Minister”

  1. Chenda says:

    Let us create another academic examination level above MSCE which is also not so marketable.

  2. STIGMA says:

    We will have the durest children .Let us spend to keep our children busy.

  3. CC says:

    2 billion cannot be compared to the role JCE exams play in the education system of the country. more over, I doubt if we will be able to see any observable impacts of the 2 billion with the corrupt leaders we have in this country. DON’T DO IT .there are more costs than benefits attached if we abolish JCE exams.

  4. lee says:

    keep on saving and compromise the educational standard in malawi,we are already wayback in terms of education and with this maphunzilo basi atha.

  5. Joseph Moyo says:

    amalawi timangovomera zilizonse basi zifukwa zothesera jc sizopindulira aliyense ndipo monga maso athu ali mbali imoz timayang’ananso mbali imozi tikakhala ndi negtive pa chinthu sitimayang’ana positive pachinthucho.muzisunga k2billion nanga poti ana 100000 akalipira boma limapanga over k2billion kwacha osaphatikiza ndarama zomwe boma limaika ku manebo?ndipo atagulisa jet adapangira chani chanzeru chomwe mungachiloze.kapena mungandiuze chaphindu chomwe chimachitilidwa ndarama akagulisa kampani?lastry a boma mundsuse ndnu openga mwathesa jc mwachangu chifufukwa chilungamo chake ndichakuti ana ali form1 adayenera kuzalemba mayeso a jc.ndpo kwa tuluka ntchito ku Bingu international stadium mukufunanso jc?mungosokoneza dziko chifukwa ichi ndi chimoz tizakukanizileni vot yathu.apa mwa ononga business ya ma private school nanga pali kusiyana kokaphunzira ku kaphuka ndi ku cdss iliyonse after all kulibe mayeso ndpo jc ndi yosyana ndi msce you can lay anew foundation in form3as ateacher i hve done that several times.ndi chifukwa mumatokota kuti simudali amphawi pamene mumalowa ndale ndye tikut mumalekelanj kumasinkha ndarama zanuzo osalowa ndale?chabwino kapena tidakupemphani kut mulowe ndale?poti ziko silikuyenda bwino bwanj osatenga ndarama mukut mudalinazozo nkumaliyendesera boma Libwereken boma?

  6. Moses shuga says:

    this government is ruling with critical thinking and caring ideas to the benefit of malawian.

  7. Moses shuga says:

    this government is ruling with critical thinking with caring ideas to the benefit of malawian.

  8. Ineyo says:

    I am a former secondary school teacher and headmaster and have a divided opinion on the matter. I would like to agree that JCE has become irrelevant on the job market and from that angle its abolition seems logical. However, experience tells me that after sitting for JCE, our students tend to relax when they are in form three (to use their language the say “tili pa mtsetse”, we are free). This means that students will now be “pa mtsetse” for 3 years and perform miserably at MSCE. Those students who sit for Cambridge exams sit for Check Point Exams in form three just to gauge their readiness for GCE exams. For me JCE was acting like “Check Point Exams” to measure students’ readiness for MSCE. What will the Ministry of Education do to ensure that students are ready for MSCE. Please let’s put better systems in place and not be driven by financial savings alone at the expense of quality.

  9. jones says:

    Malawians let’s rise up against this madness. what is 2billion today in comparison to the importance of education. You want to save 2billion, @ the same time u are spending billions of kwacha on malata & fertiliser subsidies, my foot!

    1. Inu says:

      I think the question to you is why is the JCE important? Have you seen any ad that requires someone to have a JCE? Even cuards now the requirement is MCE. Standard 8 exams are still relevant since it isba selection criteria to secondary school similary with MSCE. But what purpose do JCE exams serve. I tell you what, it is just to make students study for exams instead of knowing the stuff.

      Malawians, let us not just oppose for the sake of opposing. I can sense consertativeness among those people because we are afraid of change. There is no other country in the region that is administering this exam and yet in terms of education standards, they are ahead of us. Letnus embrace change and in this one a good change

  10. Ray says:

    What is happening is mad if u know that u done with your future do not destroy others future .please leave everything the way as it was .

  11. Nyopinyopie says:

    Zaa nkutu baxi kma ine boma ili

  12. manjolow says:

    False economies – hahahahhahahah – then we will save another MK3bn if we abolish MSCE and another MK5bn if we abolish PSLC and on and on we go…………………. keep saving

  13. Mlauzi says:

    Time for half baked secondary school leavers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This will not only adversely affect the quality of MSCE holders, but even university graduates. In the end Malawian candidates will not be able to compare favourably with those from other countries. This will affect the competitiveness of Malawi as a country. Who says education is cheap????? What is MK 2 bn when you consider the numbers????? As the saying goes, this is a case of being penny wise and pound foolish

  14. Zambulo says:

    Honourabe minister, have you included the examination fees that students were also paying into the equation of 2 billion kwacha savings. Am sure the figure you claim to have saved would drastically go down with students fees in condideration. Otherwise mwatinamiza wawa akumudzi

  15. gomba says:

    It would have been better had the govt abolished politics.

  16. Mzeé Ben says:

    With that money,conside both secondary and primary trained unrecruited teachers.you promised them,employ them.

  17. Peter says:

    We will check whether abolition of JCE will really translate into an increase in budget allocation for other items within education sector as alluded to by the minister during the next financial year.

  18. It does make economi, sense and sound education morality cpared with ozer countries in sadc,but itz about merit gor passing an exam
    Why dont u also bring back high school examz for entry imyolw universities. The private universitiss hV cshed on this wealness zats shy we haveore of thsm th Gobt.ndoue mutami a fabip..plz

  19. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Blar! blar! blar! blar!
    How are going to account for a “budget saving” you are talking about. That saving will be used on other things not education. You cannot prove to me how that saving will be spent.

    They are huge sums of loan and grants money that government cannot explain how the money was used and you are still borrowing, so what is MK2b? this can be stolen by one PS.

    If other countries are only administering national examination at end secondary school education and you want to do the same, then you should do the same with our currency. so that we march with the referred countries in the eastern and southern Africa.

    What a comparison! So MSCE be internationally recognized eh?/

  20. sapitwa says:

    JC is unnecessary. Give them a certificate of completion after Form Four if they fail.
    Some dunderheads still want JC which does not do anything other than incurring unwanted expenditure of K2bn.
    Continue to remove excess fats from the budgets like unnecessary travel allowances, luncheons, buying cars for the executives ( introduce car allowances as part of the salary instead) etc. You will save a lot and relocate to the Health Budget, Education Budget and Agricultural Budget. Wamva Gondweeee?

  21. cashgate1 says:

    Theory yes! Practically it is been saved mapwevupwevu and kusolola!

  22. nduna ya kumwera says:

    Thats good news.8years in primary for a certificate,4years in a secondary for a certificate as well,,as you are looking forward(DPP government),please consider TEVET as a tertiary qualification as well.its painful to complete 4yrs in Technical Colleges only to come up with a certificate that has no use like that one of JC.consider all graduates and if possible employ 60% of them.in example,escom should take all electrical installation graduates,water boar-plumbers,pvho-mechanics.in so doing malawi can work.dont employ by tribe or relative..work like chinese

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