MSCE exams 60% fail rate ‘worst in the past decade’says education minister

Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje  has admitted that the results of the retaken 2020 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination which show that 81 017 candidates out of 138 310 have failed, representing a paltry 41.42 percent pass rate and described it as “the worst in the past decade”.

Minister of Education Agness Nyalonje speaks during the announcement of 2020 MSCE results in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango

Acting executive director Dr Dorothy Nampota said the re-administered 2020 examination were free from leakage and were conducted under strict adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.

Nampota said out of the 138 310 candidates that sat examinations, 57 293 have passed representing 41.42% pass rate.

Out of the 64 297 female candidates that sat examination, 22 270  passed representing 34.64 % pass rate.

In terms of gender;  64 297 of the candidates were females and 22 270 representing 34.64 percent have passed.

On the other hand, out of 74 013 male candidates, 35 023 representing 47.32 percent have passed.

There were  687 special needs candidates who sat the examination, 277 have passed representing 40.32 percent.

But education minister Nyalonje attributed the candidates’ poor performance to circumstances that surrounded the administration of the 2020 MSCE which she said were beyond the ministry’s control.

NyaLonje said: “We saw how Covid-19 induced a long holiday and necessitated shifting of MSCE from July to October 2020.

“The second factor is the cancellation of the exams due to massive leakage and last the strict controls and security used in the final examinations.”

Candidates took a fresh examination in January this year following cancellation of the initial one last October due to massive leakage of some examination papers.

Initially, the candidates were expected to write the examination in July, but they did not since schools were closed as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.

She also blamed poor management of teachers whom she said play a major role in the education sector.

However, Nyalonje pledged to ensure that the plight of teachers is improved.

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Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 month ago

How do you expect good performance when you’re are surrounded by a PS and Directors who sleep on their jobs? How do you expect good results in public schools whose teachers have low morale and indisciplined? The pupils are not motivated. The facilities are bad. The schools are in the same state Kamuzu left 26 years ago. Kamuzu built beautiful schools with window glasses. All glasses are broken. Honestly the administrations after Kamuzu took us to stone ages. The politicians are greedy. Their interest is money. Malawi is like a computer full of viruses. The Ministry of Education has viruses.… Read more »

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
1 month ago

Did this group sat for JCE? If this is the first group to straight to MSCE then this is not surprising as many should have failed JCE

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

This time the pupils had a real examination; no leakage, cheating and with, temporarily, no cheats at MANEB.
Since we always compare with Cambridge School Certificate O Levels, why not just go Cambridge? There won’t be any more headaches for Education Ministry and it’s Administration.

Eboue
Eboue
1 month ago

This is what we want as soon as the exam leakage stops, pass rate goes down. Who is surprised with this? Fair play, let those who work hard get the reward and those who had the previlage of leaked exams suffer.

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

Worst education system ever.let’s move to Cambridge boards basi

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

Yes, Covid had a lot to do with the poor performance. A lot! But I have this lingering suspicion that perhaps all this has to do with the non-leakage of the exam. If true, then our state of formal education is a mess. If you’re old enough, you’ll realize that it’s precisely what Grandmaster Flash referred to as “a bum education”.

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 month ago

The worst ever and don’t blame the teachers because when they raise their concerns government always don’t listen to them main racter that makes education to go down

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

ana a school nao tisawaikile kumbuyo. akhozao akhoza bwanji..

kunalibe likasa pano we got to be strict not to leak the exam style otherwise ma form form 2 much.
tinole ana athu azozadziwa kulemba ma essay.

Zimwanda
Zimwanda
1 month ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

I agree with you in totality. In the past, during Kamuzu era the country could produce only one, maybe two or three with the highest score of 6 points. At times, we could produce only one with 11 points as the highest. These days, you will hear of one school only producing 35 students with 6 points; 50 students with 7 points. This was a calculated scam by the Demented Promiscuous Persons to swell their folks with form-form education. Merit has caught someone pants down. Tonse government, keep on draining the swamp. They are crying the most under the guise… Read more »

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  Zimwanda

Kkkkkkkkk imagine pitala was once our minister of education.!!!he thought no wiser that things will would change. He dint care to look look and audit into the system may be dint even follow up on wat was going and happening. We trusted him him may be or his brother! knowing he’s wiser than any of us with western exposure_ azunguI dont know. He was 2 excited to board the plane on a free first class ticket then free house and free everything to date.. tinanamizidwa kudya galu anatisusutsa pansi. IT SULKS AND IT HURTS. well” He or both with his… Read more »

Zimwanda
Zimwanda
1 month ago

Eeh, nde opposition ukuitha. Mwalowano kosutsa!!! Muli tchelu kuyembekezera chosutsa. Awa ndi masanzi aDPP.

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