Woman gets MSCE certificate at 60


At 60, Nema Banda could have been looking up to her children for assistance but the woman is still aiming high after she went back to school and managed to pass the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) exams.

The Nkhotakota woman and also a mother of eight children got 33 points in the recently released MSCE results.

Banda who runs a nursery school said she has always felt something missing in her life without an MSCE qualification.


“I took part in the two-year Early Childhood Education training where I got a diploma and that motivated me to go back to school so that I could get an MSCE paper. I then enrolled at Nkhotakota Secondary School’s evening classes where I started in form three,” said Banda.

This year she sat for MSCE exams where she beat a majority of her classmates.

“At my age I was the oldest in the class, hence attracting much attention from the classmates while other people were questioning me why I was bothering myself with education. But I did not look back because education has no age limit,” said Banda who wrote the exams together with her two children.


She asked youths not to give up in life as anything is achievable.

“My advice to young people is that they should keep on trying and never give up in life as with determination everything is possible,” she said.

The woman said she feels that she is now qualified to open a private primary school.

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