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‘No school fees for MSCE candidates’

LAUNCHED—A a representative of Central West Education Division cuts a ribbon to officially open the new block as Patel (third right) and other officials look on

Independent Schools Association of Malawi (Isama) has asked private secondary school owners not to charge candidates sitting Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations fees.

Isama President Joseph Patel said this in Lilongwe on Saturday on the sidelines of the official opening of a newly refurbished classroom block at Crazmatic Private Primary School.

MSCE candidates are expected back in class on December 28, before they start sitting examinations from January 5 to 29. This follows the cancellation of examinations in November this year due to leakage.

Patel said Isama and Ministry of Education officials decided against the imposition of fees on MSCE candidates.

“We appeal to private school owners not to charge fees to students sitting examinations,” Patel said.

Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) recently indicated that it had engaged the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on the provision of security services in the re-administration of MSCE examinations.

Maneb Board Chairperson Dorothy Nampota said MDF would lead security agencies, which include the Malawi Police Service, during the administration of the examinations.

“As advised by the Ministry of Education, the school should not demand fees for practical examination from candidates since the fee aspect will be shouldered by government,” Nampota said.

Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje recently indicated that the government would spend K4.5 billion on re-administration of the 2020 MSCE examinations.

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