Administrators of the 2017 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations can now put a smile on their faces as their invigilation allowances were now available.
In a statement, the Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB) says it was pleased to announce that the funds towards payment of allowances to the administrators have finally been credited to their bank account.
MANEB said it was still preparing letters instructing banks to transfer funds to respective offices of District Education Managers and Police Officers-in-Charge.
“Considering bank processes, we expect the money to be ready for encashment starting from Wednesday, July 26, 2017,” reads the statement.
The statement also states that payment schedules were ready and that MANEB offices would start delivering the same to all districts from Wednesday again.
Teachers invigilating MSCE examinations had to brace for tough times during the exercise following MANEB’s announcement that it had no money for allowances.
In a letter dated June 20, 2017 addressed to District Education Managers (DEMs) and officers in charge, MANEB acting Executive Director, Jack Chalimba asked the DEMs to plead with teachers to invigilate the examinations and that allowances would be paid when funding was available.
“We have no funds now to enable us pay allowances. We expect that administrators of the 2017 MSCE will continue to carry out their tasks,” read the letter in part.
MANEB spokesperson, Simeon Maganga attributed the delay to poor funding saying the board depends on monthly subventions from Treasury as it was a non-profit making institution.