The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education has released the 2014/15 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination results which show a slight increase in pass rate from the preceding year.
A statement made available to The Daily Times says out of 136,296 candidates who sat for the examination in at least six subjects including English, 75,296 candidates have passed, representing a 55.24 percent pass rate.
The 2013/14 pass rate was 54.8 percent which puts the increase at 0.4 percentage point.
According to the statement, out of the 61,582 female candidates who sat for the examination in at least six subjects including English, 30,010 have qualified for the award of the MSCE certificate representing a 48.73 percent pass rate.
“Out of the 74,714 male candidates who sat for this year’s examination, in at least six subjects including English, 45,286 have qualified for the award of the MSCE representing 60.61 pass rate,” it says.
The statement adds that 38 candidates have been disqualified in the examination for contravening Maneb regulations while 454 candidates have their results withheld pending investigations.
It further says that all those who wrote the examination without following proper entry procedures have not been graded and their results do not appear on the pass/fail list.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education Public Relations Officer, Manfred Ndovi, has admitted that the slight increase in the pass rate is not satisfactory.
In an interview on Tuesday, Ndovi said the Ministry is implementing a number of programmes aimed at improving education standards in the country.
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