The Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) has disclosed of tight security in this year’s examination to ensure zero leakage.
MANEB Public Relations Officer, Simeon Maganga told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that as part of preparing for this year’s national examinations, the institution has engaged various stakeholders both within and outside the education sector.
“We have greatly improved on the security of national examinations this year to avoid a repeat of leakages as in previous years. But mind you, improved security also needs concerted efforts hence our emphasis that national examinations are a property of the Malawi Government since they are produced using tax-payers’ money,” Maganga explained.
He then called on Malawians to join the examining board by taking an active role in combating examination malpractices which have the potential of discrediting the country’s education system.
Maganga was optimistic that this year’s administration of examination would be a success as evidenced by the smooth management of the just ended Primary School Leaving Certificate of Examination (PSLCE).
“We are very ready to administer this year’s Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examination scheduled for June 17-27. All necessary preparations are going at the expected pace and we foresee a smooth administration of this exam,” he said.
The PRO however could not disclose whether MANEB has completed printing the JCE and MSCE examination papers as he regarded it a sensitive issue.
“Issues of examination printing and printer are sensitive in nature. As such we cannot divulge that information as it compromises security of national examinations,” explained Maganga urging Malawians to report to any police station nearby and the Anti-Corruption Bureau or MANEB up on notice of examination malpractice.
The Malawi National Examination Board is the sole body mandated to administer PSLC, JCE and MSCE examinations in the country. The Junior Certificate of Examination (JCE) is scheduled for June 17-27, while MSCE will start on July 9-August 1.