Malawi abolishes JCE exams, Std 8 certificates: Mutharika approves reforms

Malawi is abolishing the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examination and government has also stopped printing of Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE ) go save cost as part of the ongoing Public Service Reform Program.

Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano and Mrs Lonely Magreta sharing notes as education reforms gets approved by President - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano and Mrs Lonely Magreta , the PS of education, sharing notes as education reforms gets approved by President – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Public Service Reforms Management Unit spokesperson,Constance Kilimo, confirmed that President Peter Muntharika has approved the reforms, saying the organisations were communicated to “ start implementation from October 1 (2015). “

Pupils and guardians who want to have documentation on the PSLCE will have to request the Malawi National Examination Board  (MANEB for a transcript, according to Kalimo.

Kalimo said Maneb will be saving K20  million in printing costs of PSLCE and another K2 billion on the decision concerning JCE.

Maneb proposed to abolish JCE as they believe that the paper has lost value and is not in demand by employers.

Commenting in the Daily Times newspaper, education expert Dr Steve Sharra said the rationale behind the decisions seems to be more about economic necessity than changes in the society.

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A Malawi zavoteni mwanzeru come 2019

Memorie Sumphi

Malawi akupita kuti?school haz lost ts value.

festus mso

effects of economic meltdown in the country…lets see come.

Kefa Kwendakwina

I feel the abolshment of JCE and std 8 Exams by Government is not necessarilly to improve quality education but the economic status. These acted as entry points to high levels of education and certificates were enabling pupils to work extra harder so is not good idea.


it is not gud @ all

Concerned Citizen

Let’s look at the Headline again.My understanding is that PSLCE exams wil b there,but MANEB wil no longer take an extra step to print the Certificates,meaning,means of selection to Sec xul wil not change or be affected. Again,if they say,JCE exams abolished,it may sound like MANEB wil continue printing Certificates based on results from the school/mock exams which they always write.This means,MANEB has stopped forming exams but wil rely on teachers xul/mock exams results data in their respective schools to just print Certificates.

Tatopanako Kuba

Proffessor and leadership is too difficulte mukuwonatu amalawi fundo iliyonse yowola (yombwambwana) timangomva if kuti anali mphunzitsi wa obama kuyesela upulofesa mpaka achitanzo misala Pitala

Abdul Richard

This is quite an absurd. there is no way education can improve through your nonsense reform. You professors of nowadays why are you taking us for granted. Are you sure you can’t focuse that your plans are full of nonse. Where on earth a child goes to up to that longer time without writing government exams? If you are growing old that your senses are becomimg obsolete, you better rettire and leave fresh blood to revamp education in malawi. mwangokumanapo nonse oduka mitu iiiiiiiya musatiphyetse ntima apa.


Nonsese prophesor don’t take us like a ball think well.


Kusankha utsogoleli mwachibwanabwana.

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