New Malawi examination council NIEAC to administer JCE exams 2017

The newly formed local examination council, the New iIndependent Examination Administration Council (NIEAC) has said it hopes to start administrating Junior Certificate of Education examination (JCE)  in 2017.

Exams time

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Speaking when the council was presenting feedback from a research it carried in the country, Director for the council Phyless Kachingwe said all is set for the council to start administrating the examination starting with junior certificate of examination next year.

“We are geared to start administering the exams from next year. We have put in place all the structures and the resources that require us to embark on administering exams,” she said

This comes after government earlier this year announced that it has stopped JCE and primary School leaving certificate examination, citing finances as the major contributing factor.

Kachingwe said “We feel the exams and issuing of certificates are very important in improving our education standard as evidenced from our research that we carried out throughout the country. We are also doing these meetings to get inputs and outputs from the stakeholders on how best to carry out our job.”

According to Kachingwe, pupils will have to pay for the examinations as what they used to pay with Maneb, adding” we do not have legal mandate to impose that every school should write the examination, the decision  will come from the parents and students.”

A consultant for the research, Bishop Patricia Pindeni, said the research finding shows that 80% percent of the participants were not consulted on governments’ decision to abolish the administration of the exams.

“Most of the participants to the research feel government rushed into coming up with this idea. They feel school will be useless since they will leave schools with no certificates to show that they are indeed educated, a situation where employers will find a reason of not employing them, hence contributing to soaring unemployment levels, ” she said

Shy Alli, a parent said he was impressed with the idea of administering the examinations as it will help to improve the education standards in the country.

“Students will no longer be lazy because there will be completion during examinations which will in turn bring about quality.  But my appeal is that the certificates should be accreditated or be of good quality,” he said.

NIEAC will be the first private council to administer local examinations after MANEB which was mandated by the Act of parliament to administer public examination in the country.

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Aaa NIEAC nde kuti chiani? Kufuna kuba basi. Forget, not another cashgate. I will not pay exam fees to a bogus body. What do the JCE exams benefit a student? What’s your concern? What is this body doing about hunger, economy and unemployment? These are the latest problems that we have not JCE exams. Fotseki agalu inu, mbavha.


This is a welcome idea .We need such type of organization to conduct exams in our schools .How can a pupil proceed with his/her studies without being examined by an independent body to certify them that they can go to another level.Leave this government conduct its services contrary to the peoples wish .

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first Thumbs to the new body that is a really encouraging development but my wrath goes to this failed government, After all what you are stealing from Malawians you tell me you stooped administering exams because of money??? everything here in Malawi is of substandard education standard has gone so low,, from primary to tertiary now you are raising the fees for colleges sometime i wonder if you government people the so called decision makers that you think, now 40% of all the government money is siphoned to individual instead of using it for this core services. The decision makers… Read more »
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This country has really gone to the dogs. Everyone waking up to salvage the situation because we have no leadership therefore no direction


This real vindicates the downfall of this regime, who has mandated this so called New Independent Examination Administering Council to be monitering exams in the country at the first place? Has parliament itself scrutinised it & endorsed it on the same? We always rush when we want to do things without proper consultations to the parents as well as guardians shame on you let us wait until we cross the river ogosh my beloved Malawi.

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