MSCE 6 points achievements stir debate

A rich debate has ensued in social media on how students these days can easily score an aggregate of six points, the best at Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

Maganga:  Maganga noted exams are not meant to ambush candidates

Maganga: Exams are not meant to ambush candidates

Information indicate that six students scored six points each at Chaminade Secondary School, another six students scored the same points each at Stella Maris Secondary School and five students got six points each at Marist Secondary School in Dedza.

This is just an example of just three schools sampled from the norrh, centre and south but there many schools that have produced the same result.

Hope Msukwa, a journalist, says there are a number of factors on this.

“Repeating class, study materials available, private schools work to out do one anorher and examination leakages,” he says commenting on a post.

Some felt the government deliberately lowered the score marks so that many students pass and the government is not associated with failure while others say the lowering of the score marks was to enable as many children as possible to sit for university entry examinations.

But Simeon Maganga, the public relations officer for Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) dismissed the suggestions as myths which have been there since time immemorial.

“Two years running now, there has been no exam leakage. Even if we go back in years there were leakages in 2000, 2007 and 2010, focussing on six points as a performance indicator one would see that the performance wasnlt any better,” he says.

Maganga noted exams are not meant to ambush candidates, saying there is curriculum and syllabus from whose content exam questions are drawn.

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Modicai Longwe

There is no debate here. If people have passed why should we have some doubts. I remember during our days we had Top of the class a radio program which was a motivation to those with guts how sharp their brains were.

We had people like Saza Muleke Banda, Chenjerani Buluktu, Able Chiwatakwenda, Mary Gondwe, Mapopa Ngwira only to mention but a few. So if someone is working hard he deserve to pass.

Freston Dambuleni

Education is diluted nowadays its very easy nowadays for someone to be ignorant and still score 6 points at all cost

jotham manda

Maneb has to be blamed at all cost, how can a single school produce five six points, it shows they planned for it,,u live intelligent students from cdss from obtaining 6 points from which they deserve,.l can tell u register ur children into those schools and give them higher points,,,shame on uu!!!

chadza kwayani

Masiku ano kulibe kukhwimitsa mayeso ndikukumbuka my chaka cha 2011 ndinalemba msce yanga ndinakwapula 43 points ha mundifunse pano mphwanga walemba watidzimula 15 points wandiposa hu! Kkkkkkkkk


As a lecturer, I have worked very hard to find genuine 6-pt-material among students that enter university these days but to no avail and yet I am aware score do every year. It may mean students are” coached” to pass exams well but not to truly grasp the material and show competence in the subject matter in different settings!


Abale tiziyamikira. Those who believe our nation is not capable of giving birth to a generation of intelligent and hard working children are the ones complaining here. The shameless people who believe malawians are too dull to set and controll malawian examinations are the ones failing to be proud of the success of the children of Malawi. Remove that disease from your mind. Look carefully; you will see you are living in the dark. It’s time to follow the light. Congratulations all those of you have done well. Congratulations MANEB. And, obviously, congratulations me for being able to see clearly.


Some subjects have been introduced that weren’t there during our days e.g. ICT, Life skills and other little things. You can get six points in all small subjects and not get an A in Maths, English, Physical Science or Chemistry — and yet its a 6 point MSCE nevertheless. My cousin did that ndipo ndinaseka kuti iyi ndiye yamaseweratu!


Lero sukulu kulibe,bwanji ineyo nditalemba MSCE nthawi ya Kamuzu nddakwa koma mtalemba nthawi omayi oJoice Banda ndidakhoza? Kikikiki


Monga masukulu mwatchulawa, ana akhoza kukhozadi bwino. Mumasukulu a Catholic amakhala serious ndi maphunziro. Tikatenga sukulu ngati Chaminadi, sichinthu chodabwitsa kuti ana akhoze bwino chonchi, kuyambira kale, ana amakhoza bwino pa sukulu imeneyi.


Mayeso ndichomozimozi akale ndi lero, osanamizana apa. Kkkkkkkkkkk

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