Forty-eight candidates from Edingeni Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mzimba failed to sit Friday’s Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination papers after they involved in a road accident on their way to the examination centre.
Eleven candidates have since been admitted to a hospital after sustaining injuries.
While the Police were yet to comment on the incident, Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) Public Relations Manager Simeon Maganga said the lorry the students were travelling in overturned at Edingeni in the district.
“They were going to Edingeni Claster Center to sit for this year’s MSCE examination. Its very unfortunate that the 48 candidates did not sit for today’s papers due to accident,” said Maganga.
The MSCE national examination started on Thursday with Agriculture II (practicals) and Biology II (practicals), respectively. And on Friday, candidates sat for Physical Science II (practicals).
Over 146 000 candidates registered to sit for this year’s MSCE examination which are scheduled to end on July 17 2017.
Meanwhile, Maganga said the MSCE examination will proceed as time-tabled despite Monday, June 26 2017 being a public holiday.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development declared Monday as Eid Ul-Fitr Public Holiday after the Muslim Association of Malawi (Mam) advised this year’s Eid Ul-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, will be observed either on Sunday, June 25 or Monday, June 26 depending on the sighting of the moon.