By Wezzie Gausi:
The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) Sunday released results of 2022 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, which have revealed a marginal drop in the overall pass rate.
Maneb Executive Director Dorothy Nampota said unlike last year, when 83.83 percent of candidates who sat the examinations passed, this year the pass rate stands at 83.24 percent.
Nampota said out of 260,295 candidates who sat the examination, 216, 664 have passed.
According to Nampota, Zomba Urban tops the list of best performing students in this year’s examination, with a pass rate of 95.98 percent, while Mwanza scored the lowest with a pass rate of 70.21 percent.
Joseph Magombo, candidate from Nankhaka Primary School in Lilongwe, and Miriam Kachala of Chiperoni Primary School in Zomba Urban sparkled in the examination with a score of 448 out of 500.
“The results of primary school examinations mark the transitioning of the learners who were in primary school [and are] now going to secondary school.
“The marking of the examination was done by new markers who were selected through interviews. And everything about this year’s examination was done perfectly well,” Nampota said.
In an interview Sunday, Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje to worry about, saying a closer look at the bigger picture shows that the general performance has improved.
She said it was encouraging to note that the pass rate in all the districts is above 70 percent.
NyaLonje said 89,404 learners have been selected to secondary schools across the country, representing 41.62 percent transition rate. This is better than the 37 percent transition rate recorded last year.
“National examinations are key to ascertain the level of knowledge in learners. The ministry will continue to improve the quality of education offered in schools.
“The administration of examination cannot be managed by Maneb alone, hence the engagement of other stakeholders played a crucial role in examination [administration],” NyaLonje said.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe has said it is unfortunate that education standards continue to plummet in Malawi, citing this year’s PSLCE results.
He said it is high time the country started fixing problems in the education sector.
“This is what we have always been saying. The education sector should be revamped. We cannot continue like this every year. We need to find a solution and fix problems in the sector,” Kondowe said.
In another development, NyaLonje said when preparing for 2023 PSLCE examinations, Maneb will implement e-registration and e-payment programmes for all Maneb examinations in the country.
Out of the 131,012 female candidates who sat the examination, 102,623 have passed. This represents 78.33 percent pass rate.
Out of the 129,283 male candidates who sat the examination, 114,041 have passed, representing 88.21 percent pass rate.