Ministry of Education Monday released Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examination results for the 2018/2019 academic year, indicating that over 218,000 candidates have passed, representing 77.46 percent pass rate.
Addressing the media, Education Minister, William Susuwere-Banda, said out of 282,428 candidates who sat the examinations, 218,756 have passed.
Susuwere-Banda said 82,072 candidates have been selected to secondary schools, representing 37.5 percent selection rate.
Susuwere-Banda said although this year’s examinations were leakage-free, the country was grappling with cases of cheating.
“I have, however, been reliably informed that the battle against cheating has not been won completely. This year, again, results for some of the candidates have been withheld due to suspected examination malpractices. Let me take this opportunity to remind all teachers, who perpetrate cheating, that this is unethical and that my ministry will not condone it,” he said.
“This year, Malawi National Examinations Board has gone a step further ranking districts, schools and candidates according to their performance to facilitate provision and implementation of appropriate interventions to uplift teaching and learning standards in our primary schools.”
Phalombe is the best performing district while Neno is the worst performer.
Susuwere-Banda said Faith Mhanda from Mulanje is the best performer in the examinations.
“The results of national examinations play a critical role in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. That is to say through examination results, the education system is able to identify its strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
Among the 282,428 who sat the examinations, 137,270 were females while 145,158 were males.
Out of the 137,270 female candidates, 99,042 have passed, representing 72.15 percent pass rate while out of the 145,158 male candidates, 119, 714 have passed, representing 82.47 percent pass rate.