Mutharika defends phasing out JC qualification in Malawi

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has defended his controversial move to phase out Junior Certificate which was once a basic education requirement to secure a professional job in Malawi.

President Mutharika

President Mutharika

In responding to a question during Talk to Your President, a periodical programme broadcast on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation ‘MBC’ radio and television, Mutharika said it would help students to finish s four-secondary school education circle.

He said some students were opting to drop off because they were assured of securing a job with the JC academic qualification.

Mutharika said this compromised on their academic development.

Justifying his move Mutharika said Malawi was the only African country in Southern Africa to administer Junior Certificate examinations and take the qualification as a minimum requirement.

“The reason why my administration has phased out JCE is because it encouraged students to drop out of secondary as they were assured of getting a job,” he said.

“The idea of education is to develop students fully by completing their basic education cycle which is four years.”

He said the students would instead undergo a strenuous assessment to reach Form Four to sit for the Malawi School Certificate of Education which has replaced JE as minimum academic qualification.

Last year the DPP administration announced the phasing out of JE saying among others it would make the government to save K2 billion used in the administering the exams.

It would also save another K20 million used in printing the examination papers.

The move has come at a time that the bar has been raised for one to qualify for government colleges to study education or health courses.

For one to qualify for primary school teaching colleges needs good grades at MSCE with four credit passes including mathematics, science subjects, and English.

In the past students with JC and just a bare pass in MSCE were eligible to study at primary school teacher training colleges, police training colleges, Malawi defence colleges.

In the 70s, 80s and early 90s Primary School Leaving Certificate qualification was enough for one to be enlisted in the Malawi Defence Force.

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Watikwanadi galu ameneyu


pitala watikwana!!!


Good Mr President kuti ana adzilimbikira till form 4.


no sense… hell with you…..

Mlowe boy

It is a lie , in other countries they are two examinations , O level and A level. learners go to university after A level not o level – form 4. Peter should not cheat Malawians. Those who argue that CHANCO continuous assessment works , this shows how dull you are . secondary education and tertiary education are two different . Stupid government . stupid federation


MCP will bring JC back.

chimweme Jamali

How is continuous assessment done in a 4 year Degree course without a Diploma at Chanco. Please think before commenting.


Good on you Sir!
I say you should have gone further to challenge business corporations to join in the promotion of education in the country by offering either a sandwich year optional in year three of post-MSCE to allow students experience the world of employment. Such a year to carry an active works skill qualification in communication, literacy, numeracy and ict.

A pilot scheme should be trialed with results informing on accommodation, travel, and maintenance cost as well as business support needs. Our country would benefit in having well rounded graduates.


KWATSALA MUCHOTSENSO MSCE INU…… i new this gvt is a failure is killing education system and then empowering homosexuality.


A BIG liar

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