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75.8% pass primary school examinations

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Out of 255,583 students that sat Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, 193,795 have passed. This represents a 75.8 percent pass rate.

A statement from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says the Malawi National Examinations Board did not register any disqualifications or cheating in the examinations.

Commenting on the results, education commentator Steve Sharra said the results were less impressive compared to last year’s.

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Last year, 77.32 percent of candidates who sat the examinations passed.

Sharra lamented that undertrained teachers and lack of proper motivation among teachers are some of the contributing factors to low standards of education in the country.

“You will find out that above 900,000 children entered Standard One about eight years ago and when you compare to the number of students that sat for this year’s exams, you will see about 700,000 have dropped out. That is over an eight-year period and that is where a problem lies for us as a country,” Sharra said.

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Students that sat for the examinations will be able to access their results from their respective centres where they registered.

Last year, out of 255,087 students who sat for PSLCE examinations, 197,222 passed. Meanwhile, schools are scheduled to open on the 18th this month.

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