Education activists in Malawi are pushing Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) to release the long awaited results of the Malawi Schools Certificate of Education Examinations (MSCE).
The call from Executive Director of Civil Society Education Coalition Benedicto Kondowe follows complaints from both parents and students that the delays have greatly affected their planning.
Kondowe said it is “unreasonable” and “unexpected” that Maneb could delay the release of the examination results such long because of what he said ‘far reaching consequences which are associated with the delays’.
“We know for sure that it has been a trend and tradition for Maneb to release the results late without necessarily looking at negative effects that such decisions have on education,” protested Kondowe.
“We are now talking about a semester coming to an end without the results which means that learners who thought could repeat would actually have lost time.
“Another problem is that it has also got economic implication on the parents as it does affect their planning process because parents are not able to make the decision of whether to allow their children to repeat form four or consider other options, ” Kondowe said.
He said such are the issues that Maneb officials need to consider when making their decisions.
Recently Maneb officials said in press statement that examination process was almost concluded and that the matter was before their board and were about to write officially the ministry of education.
“But we feel and all these are questionable in the sense that Maneb has not been exact on the actual time of release the results” said Kondowe.
The statement from Maneb said the results are expected by the end of November.