Ministry of Education Science and Technology has hailed Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) for administering free leakage examination for the past two years and has since promised to continue engaging various stakeholders in ensuring that the board maintain its stand.
MoEST Director of Secondary and Distance Education, Chikondano Mussa made the remarks at Chichiri secondary school in Blantyre on Wednesday when she presided over the official opening of MANEB annual review meeting.
The meeting which attracted different stakeholders including the officers from District Councils, Malawi Police Service and Education officials, was aimed at reviewing the 2015 examination administration at Primary School Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate Examination and Malawi School Certificate of Education.
In addition, the meeting also focused on adopting best practices of curbing cheating malpractices.
Mussa commended stakeholders for their pivotal role they played in ensuring that there were no cheating malpractices during the 2014 and 2015 examinations despite encountering logistical challenges.
“We had a problem of transport to ferry examination papers to their respective centres, however this was sorted through the interventions by the District Councils and Chief Executive Officers.
“As such I must commend all stakeholders for their efforts in ensuring that for past two consecutive years, Maneb administered free leakage examinations at all levels. This is our success story and we are happy for this,” said Mussa.
She further said the examination board is more than prepared to make sure that all the requirements for smooth administration of the examinations are in order.
“We are aware that examinations are around the corner and i can ably say that we are almost done with every stage in as far as administration of examination is concerned. This is starting from registration of candidates, preparations of papers and choosing invigilators among others.
“In terms of logistics, we will continue working in collaboration with relevant authorities such as the DCs and CEOs so that they mobilise resources at district level to ensure that there is transport to ferry examination papers in time,” she said.
The Director therefore appealed to the public to guard against any cheating malpractice saying: “this will not only uphold the examination’s dignity but also Malawi as whole.”
Commenting on the same, Blantyre District Council Charles Kalemba said will continue working in collaboration with Maneb to make that examinations are received, protected and also written in secured manner run through the process of writing securely and also be able to transport them in respective centres.
“We will continue to ensure that examinations are run through the process of writing securely and are also transported to their respective centres.
“This meeting will therefore help us to share our experiences, learn lessons so that we can also do best in this year and years to come,” he said.
For the past years, Maneb has been marred with cheating malpractices among candidates and teachers, a situation that lowered education standard especially to JCE and MSCE holders.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :