Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations administration starts Tuesday, with Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) assuring the nation of safety of the examinations.
In a statement, Maneb acting Executive Director Dorothy Nampota dispels the notion that this year’s examinations have leaked.
“Maneb disowns those papers and assures the general public that the 2021 MSCE examination papers have not leaked and will not leak due to their rigorous security features and procedures.
“The general public is, therefore, advised to desist from circulating and buying these fake papers. In this regard, Maneb would like to advise all candidates to simply concentrate on their preparations rather than banking on fake papers,” she said.
On actual preparations for the examinations, Maneb spokesperson Mayamiko Chiwaya said everything was on course, adding that all facilitators had been paid in advance.
“At this stage, if we have already sorted them out it means we have already oriented them and prepared terms of reference which will remind them about how they are supposed to conduct themselves on duty,” she said.
The number of candidates sitting this year’s MSCE and those that sat Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations has dropped against last year’s figures.
Nampota said at a press briefing earlier that 128,969 candidates would sit MSCE examinations this year against 154,147 last year.
Around 281,329 candidates sat PSLCE this year against 302, 985 last year.
“The reasons for the drop will have to be investigated,” she said.
Maneb will use Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service agents for the provision of examinations’ paper security services.