Parliamentary committee wants JC examination back

Officials from the parliamentary committee on education are asking the government to bring back junior certificate examination to improve the dwindling standards of education in secondary schools.

Minister of Education Dr. William Susuwele-Banda (R) and PS Justine Saidi:  For wider consultations

The chairperson of the committee Brenix Kaise said the committee is working on a report which will be presented in parliament to recommend that JCE be brought back as part of continuous assessment of students.

The calls for the reinstatement of the JCE comes amid concerns that this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) pass rate was the lowest in years and some education experts blamed the abolishment of the JCE as one of the factors.

Ministry of Education principal secretary Justin Saidi said there was need for wider consultation on the issue before a final decision is made on whether to bring back JCE or not.

Recently, minister of Education William Susuwele-Banda said the poor results of the MSCE had nothing to do with the abolishment of the JCE.

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Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Stop politicking with education. Why should govt waste millions of money on an exam whose certificate is as good as a toilet tissue? The dwindling of education standars is not because JC was scrapped off but it is due to constraints in adequate funding of the various sectors of the education like salaries, infrastructure, study materials, learning equipment, etc. There was a drop in MSCE passing rate in the late 90s and early 2000s and at one point I recall it went to as low as 33%, was JC not around then? When National Standard 5 exams were being abolished… Read more »

Mtete
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Who decided to remove JC in the first place? 4 years without exams after primary. Mwaswera.

MOgul
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Can maneb show us the money they have saved after banning jce exams ? O/100

Lego
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The problem with our politicians is,whenever they are in Government to them its to support everything for government even if its a bad thing.The same applies to to the opposition parties though in opposition they are divided.

hgfg
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hgfg

I agree with you 100%

Peter T
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Peter T

That’s good ldea.

Diaspora
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Diaspora

So, Susuwele is actually happy with the dwindling of education in Malawi. The whole minister????

concern citizen
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concern citizen

that`s good

mwanjala
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welcome development

Observer Banda
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Observer Banda

if resources/money are/is the main hindrance to bringing JCE back then MANEB can start setting a mock JCE exam and distribute it to secondary schools via simple methods like e-mail and not administer it as they usually do. this would eliminate the cost issue. the important thing would be that it would be MANEB exam etc

George Malemu
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George Malemu

What will people do with the JCE, there is no job requirement of a JCE holder these days since the MSCE holders are so numerous. Are you serious saying the drop at MSCE passing rate was due to the abolition of the JCE. People should remove the perception that exams are formed by MANEB, they are formed by teachers so let the teachers form like District Mock Exams.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Your concern better than some one on top, you see if ever the Government has to have a burden, it should be the future of Malawi, JCE was good and what it did to abolish it was to put Malawi on a fire of ignorance, but it was not a surprise because politicians does not take their children to those schools , so I think the Government should allow the young citizens to enjoy the education like these old folks how they enjoyed during their time. Malawians will pay the cost, (Harry Potani)