By Tiyese Monjeza:
Malawi Prison Service (MPS) has said half of the inmates that sat Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations have passed.
MPS spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba said 34 out of 68 inmates that sat the examinations passed, representing a 50 percent pass rate.
“The inmate who did the best, scoring 17 points, is from Mzuzu Prison. Zomba Central Prison has emerged the overall performer out of all the 19 correctional facilities, after 10 out of 15 inmates passed the examinations.
‘Initially we had 211 inmates who registered to sit the examinations but some of them were pardoned while others were released after serving their sentences. The result is not what we expected as we have always done better in past examinations but the Covid pandemic negatively affected preparations for examinations,” Shaba said.
Prison Service National Deputy Educational Coordinator Mike Njolomole said there were 2,300 inmates enrolled into primary and secondary education in the country’s prison facilities.
He, however, said prison facilities were facing a number of challenges, including lack of qualified teachers and lack of learning materials.
Meanwhile, Prisoners Destiny Transformation Organisation Executive Director Stephano Kayenda has called on the government to consider recruiting trained teachers and vocational tutors to work in prison facilities to improve education status of inmates.