Malawi exams body has new boss: Gundula replaces Hauya

The Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) has a new Executive Director following the appointment of Dr Augustine Metadio Gundula to the top post replacing Roy Hauya who left the board last year.

The board has also appointed Jack Chalimba as the deputy Executive Director, according to statement signed by the Board Chairperson Professor John Kalenga Saka.

“This (the appointments) follows the successful interviews for the respective posts,” reads the statement.

Dr Gundula: Maneb boss
Dr Gundula: Maneb boss

The statement says Dr Gundula reported for duties on June 2 while Chalimba started his new role on May 20, 2014.

Gundula, who obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada started off as a secondary school teacher in 1995 soon after graduating from University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.

He is an education graduate who majored in mathematics. He then joined Maneb in 2001 where he started off as a subject officer for mathematics with his major role being test development.

Besides working as a secondary school teacher, he was also the Head of Science Department and in 1996 he was elected as the Vice Chairman of Science Teachers’ Association of Malawi for the Central Region.

In 1999, he went for a training course in Guidance and Counseling sponsored by Unesco and graduated in 2000 as a Trainer of Trainers for Guidance and Counseling in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2003 he joined the University of Massachusetts’ Centre for International Education in the United States of America as a master’s degree candidate in Education, focusing on Testing and Measurement. He graduated in 2004.

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