MSCE 6 points achievements stir debate

A rich debate has ensued in social media on how students these days can easily score an aggregate of six points, the best at Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

Maganga:  Maganga noted exams are not meant to ambush candidates

Maganga: Exams are not meant to ambush candidates

Information indicate that six students scored six points each at Chaminade Secondary School, another six students scored the same points each at Stella Maris Secondary School and five students got six points each at Marist Secondary School in Dedza.

This is just an example of just three schools sampled from the norrh, centre and south but there many schools that have produced the same result.

Hope Msukwa, a journalist, says there are a number of factors on this.

“Repeating class, study materials available, private schools work to out do one anorher and examination leakages,” he says commenting on a post.

Some felt the government deliberately lowered the score marks so that many students pass and the government is not associated with failure while others say the lowering of the score marks was to enable as many children as possible to sit for university entry examinations.

But Simeon Maganga, the public relations officer for Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) dismissed the suggestions as myths which have been there since time immemorial.

“Two years running now, there has been no exam leakage. Even if we go back in years there were leakages in 2000, 2007 and 2010, focussing on six points as a performance indicator one would see that the performance wasnlt any better,” he says.

Maganga noted exams are not meant to ambush candidates, saying there is curriculum and syllabus from whose content exam questions are drawn.

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60 thoughts on “MSCE 6 points achievements stir debate”

  1. Modicai Longwe says:

    There is no debate here. If people have passed why should we have some doubts. I remember during our days we had Top of the class a radio program which was a motivation to those with guts how sharp their brains were.

    We had people like Saza Muleke Banda, Chenjerani Buluktu, Able Chiwatakwenda, Mary Gondwe, Mapopa Ngwira only to mention but a few. So if someone is working hard he deserve to pass.

  2. Freston Dambuleni says:

    Education is diluted nowadays its very easy nowadays for someone to be ignorant and still score 6 points at all cost

  3. jotham manda says:

    Maneb has to be blamed at all cost, how can a single school produce five six points, it shows they planned for it,,u live intelligent students from cdss from obtaining 6 points from which they deserve,.l can tell u register ur children into those schools and give them higher points,,,shame on uu!!!

  4. Masiku ano kulibe kukhwimitsa mayeso ndikukumbuka my chaka cha 2011 ndinalemba msce yanga ndinakwapula 43 points ha mundifunse pano mphwanga walemba watidzimula 15 points wandiposa hu! Kkkkkkkkk

  5. FootSoldier says:

    As a lecturer, I have worked very hard to find genuine 6-pt-material among students that enter university these days but to no avail and yet I am aware score do every year. It may mean students are” coached” to pass exams well but not to truly grasp the material and show competence in the subject matter in different settings!

  6. citizen says:

    Abale tiziyamikira. Those who believe our nation is not capable of giving birth to a generation of intelligent and hard working children are the ones complaining here. The shameless people who believe malawians are too dull to set and controll malawian examinations are the ones failing to be proud of the success of the children of Malawi. Remove that disease from your mind. Look carefully; you will see you are living in the dark. It’s time to follow the light. Congratulations all those of you have done well. Congratulations MANEB. And, obviously, congratulations me for being able to see clearly.

  7. RayAnne says:

    Some subjects have been introduced that weren’t there during our days e.g. ICT, Life skills and other little things. You can get six points in all small subjects and not get an A in Maths, English, Physical Science or Chemistry — and yet its a 6 point MSCE nevertheless. My cousin did that ndipo ndinaseka kuti iyi ndiye yamaseweratu!

  8. losco says:

    Lero sukulu kulibe,bwanji ineyo nditalemba MSCE nthawi ya Kamuzu nddakwa koma mtalemba nthawi omayi oJoice Banda ndidakhoza? Kikikiki

  9. Nathan says:

    Monga masukulu mwatchulawa, ana akhoza kukhozadi bwino. Mumasukulu a Catholic amakhala serious ndi maphunziro. Tikatenga sukulu ngati Chaminadi, sichinthu chodabwitsa kuti ana akhoze bwino chonchi, kuyambira kale, ana amakhoza bwino pa sukulu imeneyi.

  10. Vwapuvwapu says:

    Mayeso ndichomozimozi akale ndi lero, osanamizana apa. Kkkkkkkkkkk

  11. elle says:

    Chuchu bwanji ena abwelako ndi
    Ma statement wanga wabwela ndi 45 zakephe koma nde kandi kwiyisa

  12. Parallel Market says:

    Maneb,

    Stop cheating the country with your useless MSCE results. How the hell can you share six points like bananas like the way you are doing? Maneb has failed to manage examinations in this country. This body called Maneb must be dissolved. Let Govt use international bodies to set our national examinations.

    The crop that Maneb is trying to hoodwink us into believing that it is intelligent does not match with the previous crop which scored above 20 points. In 1997, one student scored 6 points (in six best subject) and 7 (including English). His name was Dick Kachuma. He was indeed a genius worth 6 points. Chanco, Oxford and Harvard Universities know this kid very well. Can someone give me track records of these other students that scored 6 points between 2000 and 2015?

    Maneb must accept that they HAVE FAILED TO MANAGE EXAMINATIONS. Its time to quit maneb.

  13. Zowona zake Zoti anthu akale munali mbuli komaso mumakula moyo wa umphawi mboni ndi Kamuzu Banda ananena kuti anakupezani muli a naked akubwera uwu ndi umboni oti munali a UMphawi mumapita ku sukulu ndinjala nsapato mumayidziwira form one ma book munalibe mumasowa makope mumalembera pa slate this means or notes munalibe now mumati muzikhoza bwanji sukulu sina sithe koma dziko ndilomwe lansitha Malawi watukuka anawa ma resource akuwapeza asiya ku lemba ma slate nsapato akuyamba ku vala akangobadwa komanso distance to school yachepa

  14. dzina langa says:

    MSCE masiku ano si deal. olakwa masiku ano is a shame

  15. Bololo says:

    Amene mukuti sukulu yakale inali yamphavu yamasiku ano siyamphanvu mukunama. Know that survival today means working extra hard in school to move to the next academic stage something which filters into the quality of grades achieved. Know that resources today are widely available than in the past and the strength of the syllabus has not changed much (almost maintained). Know that today’s kids get mind stimulation when they are very young than you did (school munkayamba muli ndi zaka 6, kunalibe ma tv ndi ma computer ambiri, lets just say munali ndi nguli basi).

    The only thing these students writing exams today miss is sophisticated capital to work and operate on. It is the mentors at work stations to focus their energy to productive use (not cashgating). It is the good foundation (economic, limited corruption if not none or otherwise) you the old guards haven’t been able to provide to make it conducive for start-ups to survive (with less capital).

    Recognize that we can only know that the now generation is better than the old one when they are doing and achieving things better and earlier than the old one did. To me this is a sign we are now better off in some “limited” sectors than we were some years back.

  16. Tiyeni tiyamike abale zakale zinapita izi ndiza democracy. Nanga kalero ma cdss analiko?Onse awawa ku cdss ndima general-pass nyengo ya O Kamuzu.Awawa aonetsa nzeru naonso pa standard yawo moti enafe ana athu alephera tasilira kwabasi kwa amenewa.Taganizani kuti wanu ndi amene wamenya 6 pts? Simukondwera kuti well done? Ineyo makolo inu ana anu akhoza bwino best wishes alimbikire ndizosililika izi.Za Kamuzu siyani zina pita ngakhale Makerere University ku Uganda siyili chimodzimodzi nyengo zina sintha motere zili sukulu zomwe.Zikomo.

  17. Fortune Nuka says:

    Let them shine,it is there time after all the schools mentioned here are schools with there names already though the number is questionable.

  18. malawi says:

    CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS ALWAYS!! I ADMIRE CATHOLIC FOR SETTING FANTASTIC EDUCATION STANDARDS AND DISCIPLINE. ANA A NTOWNMU MATAMA BASI, KUMANGOTI WAYAWAYA NDI TIZIBWENZI TAWO, ANGAKHONZE?? CATHOLIC , OUR CATHOLIC, WE ARE ALWAYS PROUD OF YOU. MORE FIRE KATOLIKA, LIUZE DZIKO KUTI IWE SIMASIZE AWO!!!!

  19. J6p says:

    Mmmmm chonena ndilibe xul inatha guys

  20. kwakwase says:

    mayeso akugulitsidwa pamsika monga nthochi,no wonder. no money no good results, Malawi wa lero

  21. Charles wa Mndondo says:

    The discussion needs balancing and objectivity. About 46% of students have flopped the same MSCE (I wish I knew the number which scored 54 points, I’m sure they must be many more). Times have changed. Access to info has tremendously improved. Many private schools with good facilities, etc. It would be very unfortunate if the bright student of today was scoring like that of 1975 who had no comparative exposure to info! If it is a positive thing to get the ultimate in an examination, then let it be encouraged so long as there is no cheating!! Then we will be an improving society and never use the past as the standard when half the class would fail JCE, when bright students would repeat PSLCE eight times and still not make it because of limited schools, etc. I hope it makes sense. Good day.

  22. geoff kanyinji says:

    nope man nah liar manea at tough

  23. M'malawi says:

    I am really sick of older people downplaying the performance of the new generation, claiming their education standards were here. Ngati xul yakale inali yabwino, how did it produce the corrupt, incompetent leaders we have today? How? Why is Malawi poor if the 70’s and 80’s produced real geniuses. These kids get good points today, lets judge them in two decades or so. otherwise, the state of the country today is clear indication that the parent generation of this age was NOT well educated.

  24. School inapita ndi Kamuzu, wina afune kaya asafune, this is the painful truth.

  25. It’s a sign that our education is useless. In the days of Dr Banda I remember very well there were people who got 6 points but honestly speaking, they were the cream of the crop. For instance Raphael Kasambara got 6 points in his MCE. Joaki Bande I believe that he is a Doctor just to mention a few but if you have a very good look you will find that these guys are unique & geniuses in their own right. And we could have only one person who could be the highest the whole Malawi. It was something special. Not these cooked up results. How can we celebrate these results yet our quality if education has gone to the dogs???????

  26. Medson kasililika says:

    Msce nowadays is vry cheap..

    1. geoff kanyinji says:

      nope nah liar my friend if it cheatin or leakage y nt this year Maneb ddnt notice?

  27. Dausi Phiri says:

    6 points inde koma talembani sentence ya chizungu apa zeroo.Maphunzifo a lero full of ????????????????marks.

  28. Oldskool Gondwe says:

    MSCE is cheap these days.In the 80s getting less than 20 points was not an easy task.These days 10 points is nothing.Gone are the days when Msce used to be Msce.You wonder even the calibre of the graduates we have these days.They are not even impressive in comparison to some old MSCE school leavers.MSCE is so cheap these days.Keep on churning some useless six points with no any value to the backward Malawi.Ifetu kwathu kwangupenya.

  29. Dididid says:

    Is it st Marys or Stella maris?,

  30. Bambo a mwana says:

    Like someine has already mentioned there are so many factors indeed that contribute to this unbelievable achievement . However, i must also agree with one commentator on the importance of UEE.

    Speaking from experience i have been maneb assistant examiner; some schools including all the three mentioned above have a special treatment when marking their candidates ” ati kumakhala ana a dzeru”. other schools include, mary mount and ,st marys.

    Ana ochokera ku school zimenezi amakhala ndi adv bcoz it is not their scripts that get marked but rather their school.

    Let me ask these schools to try make follow ups on their students ku ma universities and colleges, most of them fail miserably.

    UEE must come back!!

  31. munthu wabwino says:

    Problem is “we older folks thaink we are more intelligent than the young folks”.

    What is six points? Is it strange to get A-grades in six subjects?

    If you were dull during your secondary school, zanu izo!!

    Also calculate the percentage of students who six points this year vs. Total number of students who passed sat for exams and compare the same with your 1978? Kuuma mitu basi!

    If you say you are more logical and intelligent, why is Malawi facing problems? Ngati munali form 4 1978, that means you should be in leadership position or even retired. What did you do or are you doing with your intelligence, logic or to put it more aptly dullness? Musandiyanhulitse pambali. Amwanapwa, achinachinamwa, agalu, ndi zina zotero zoyipa.

  32. Luvi Sinyeka says:

    tsindikani ana alero nganzeru…akumamwa mkaka every morning

  33. Thomas Taimu says:

    During our time the system was just making life difficult for nothing but many students deserved to score 6points. Its high time malawi has realised that by making life deliberately difficult for nothing benefits no body other than making malawi students uncompetitive on the international level when it comes to comparing brilliance and competing for international scholarships.
    I hope UNIMA has also reformed likewise.

  34. chibwatiko says:

    Quarter system will punish all northereners

  35. gogoda says:

    There is a correlation between nutrition and IQ. Apart from the internet which is assisting these young boys and girls in getting information quicker and easy unlike those days, children nowadays are eating good food from an early age which is improving their IQ. In the past eggs , chicken, fish were for adadi pa tebulo, children would always eat leftovers or vegatables only, therefore affecting the brain growth and IQ as well. The ministry of health through its nutrition department should be commended for sensitizing people to eat zakudya za magulu six, mothers are taught ku sikelo to provide nutritious food to their children right away from the day the child is born. The results are there for all to see: Ma six points mbweee. Those who wrote their MSCE exams in the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s should not feel jealous of these young boys and girls who are doing well now, its not your fault, blame it on your parents, ankakudyetsani makaka omwera thobwa, there was no way amayi ndi abambo mukanakhala ndi IQ yaikulu kuti mukhonze six points. I rest my case.

  36. mtochi says:

    Dont be jealousy.They r brilliant fullstop.

  37. Chifundo says:

    I Believe That We Go Into Class To Learn AndUnderstand The Material, If Someone Gets 6p Then It Means Learning Process Has Taken Place

  38. vavlov says:

    There is nothing unusual about getting 6 points. Check in examination board’s archives dating back to the 1970s, you will see individuals getting 6 points.

  39. Phinifolo says:

    Ayi, asiyeni ana. Zasiyana masiku anu ndi a anawa. Pali zifukwa zambiri. inutu ndi ineyo timayamba school mochedwa. Tikafika standard 5 or 6 mmakabudula mwayamba kutota. Kumachindana basi, nkumapasanapo mimba. Kumafika standard 8 kuchibwano kutawuma ndi kuparidwa chifukwa cha ndevu, komanso mavuzi atachita imvi. Komanso masiku ano kuli ma computer, internet etc

  40. munthu wamba says:

    The large number of MSCE students attaining 6 points should be applauded. However, the debate should focus on how that growing number of ‘geniuses’ relates to the overall MSCE results: why is there no corresponding general improvement? why is it that it is usually the same schools (or related schools) that post these extraordinary results? Do they utilize certain advantages whether fairly or not? How about the majority that does poorly, what remedial action are we taking as a nation? It should be mighty worrying that growing numbers of failures is dumped into society every year.

  41. opportunist says:

    School inali kale .Try to tease them with small issues they is get confused .During our times only 16% were the ones who were making it .But the quality of education was good .

  42. Charombanthu says:

    If they are brilliant, they will not be weeded in university.

  43. advisory committee says:

    There are simple subjects these days like life skill social studoes etc mpake ana getting six points

  44. Moyenda says:

    I hate people that are filled with negativity, spite and jealousy. Let us encourage the whizz kids that get 6 points. If you think it is that easy, try and give an answer sheet to a less capable student during exams. I bet s/he will fail even to copy the answers correctly. Congratulations to all that got 6 points. They should not listen to a society that is filled with negativity and jealousy.

  45. myao says:

    The syllabus content for our secondary schools should be upgraded,its fit for primary school.

  46. Noxy says:

    The schools mentioned in question have always registered outstanding performance due to hardwork and discipline.Marist Secondary School has always been on top of things both academic performance and discipline,no question about that,and have never cheated.The issue is hard work pays! Let’s encourage our children to work very hard towards achieving good results.Congratulations New Generation You make Malawi Proud,ife akale zinatikanika.In our time motivation was little but nowadays Girls are aiming at getting 6 points to go China and abroad! It’s rewarding.

  47. Souja says:

    Nowadays students are well equiped to write exams e,g reading materials,past papers are everywhere its unlike kale lija where people were had difficulties in finding even one book,pano mabuku ali palipose,part time teachers you can even study through whats app.

  48. Nzondiwe says:

    My advise should go to the Teachers of the Government schools. They need to be serious when they are teaching our students. I don’t say they are not working but they need to produce the best result like these three Catholic Secondary schools have produced. It’s too shame to see no government secondary managed to produce a student who got 6 points.
    Let’s congratulate all churches who are putting much effort on education.
    LET’S ALL SAY NO TO JCE ABOLISHMENT

  49. Gerald mapanga Phiri says:

    Congratulations guys we need youth like that. I need some of you to take mechanical engineering and pass Applied strength of materials. I just need 70% not 100% without repeating then I will respect you much better for now I reserve my respect

  50. George phiri says:

    I dont know about other schools but as for Chaminade they have too much resources, the school is in the bush and making matters worse or better its a boys camp. I failed to get good points because I used to go to Bwiwa chasing girls.

  51. mtate mike rsa says:

    But they must know that no job after the government has no monies the money is meant for mulanyo wa alomiyo

  52. Palibe nkhani apa says:

    A Malawi used to failure basi. Dish out the 6 points. If a student has passed well why shouldn’t he get 6 points? Zoumira basi!

  53. maruwasa says:

    No. 5, I think bonifarce simbeyi anabera mayeso, paja anzathu a kumpoto chinyengo. mapeto ake kumanama kuti iwowo ndi anzaru. mzuzu corner zopusa basi. how can somebody who got six points be weeded? question mark big one.

  54. Rodgers Banda says:

    The reaults in corrupt country corrupt rulling party corrupt exam board with no paper to print certificates.

  55. Mphwache says:

    In my MSCE year 1978, only one late Boniface Simbeye from Nkhata Bay Secondary School got 6 points. Unfortunately, he never finished his degree. He was weeded.

  56. Paulos Banda says:

    They are many who can score better grades now days than the way we used to ourself. But pose a simple logical question to them, you will shocked.

  57. His Excellency the Life President Wolemekezeka Mkango Lion Chivomorezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    That is why the entrance exams is still relevant

  58. botomani says:

    Zombies getting 6 points !! Shupiti.

  59. WOPENGA says:

    SCORING SIX POINTS SHOULDNT BE AN ISSUE

    RATHER OFFER THEM PLACES IN COLLEGES
    WHERE THEY WILL PROVE THEY R GENIUSES OR NOT

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