By Jameson Chauluka:
The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) Wednesday released results of the 2018 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.
Maneb Executive Director Gerard Chiunda said out of 197, 287 candidates who sat the examinations, 124, 475 have passed representing 63.23 percent pass rate.
Chiunda said although this year’s pass rate has increased from last year’s 61.66 percent, quality of pass has declined saying there is no candidate who has gotten six points, while only one person scored 7 points.
He, however, dismissed fears that the board was too harsh on the candidates due to reports of examinations leakage.
Chiunda said he was particularly worried with the quality of the candidates this year saying thousands were even getting zeros especially in science subjects.
“Maneb does not make people fail or pass. But perhaps after the reports of the leakage, candidates gave up and stopped studying. Otherwise, we had a poor cohort compared to what we had in the past [year]. You should also know that this was the last [examinations] year for us to use the old syllabus so even those who did not prepare [for examinations] came forward to write the examinations,” he said.
Chiunda then confirmed that genuine examination papers for Chichewa Paper III, Life Skills and Science and Technology leaked and over 29 people were arrested for it.
Chiunda said Maneb is tracing the source of the leakage to find a lasting solution of the problem.
“In order not to leave any stone unturned, Maneb is in the process of procuring the anti cyber services from outside the country. We want these to find the person who first uploaded the three papers on WhatsApp,” he said.
Chiunda said out of 93, 469 female candidates who sat the examinations, 54, 325 have passed, representing 58.12 percent pass rate while out of the 103, 817 male candidates, 70, 420 have passed representing 67.83 percent pass rate.
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