By Malawi Freedom Network
Poor 2019 MSCE Results Blamed On Removal Of JC Exams, Change Of Curriculum
The blunder of scrapping off Junior Certificate Examination (JCE),which government made, is the one that has eventually led to poor results of the 2019 Malawi School Certificate Examination (MSCE), education experts have said.
Education analyst, Limbani Nsapato regrets the removal of JCE calling it a big goof by government because by removing such an important preparatory check on individual student’s eligibility to withstand the uptake of knowledge in the upper section, government only prepared a recipe for failure of students.
“Imagine students going through secondary school for a good period of 4 years without a single major assessing examination way up until the end of the fourth year, what would expect of the outcome?” Queried Nsapato.
He also blames the disappointing outcome on the change of curriculum without proper learning and teaching materials in place.
On Monday, MANEB had organised a Press Briefing in Blantyre where Minister of Education, Susuwele Banda announced the official release of 2019 MSCE Examination.
Susuwelo’s announcement of 50.3 percent pass rate against the year’s 62.3 percent has attracted a wide range of criticism by education activists as well as concerned members of the general public.
However, on behalf of MANEB, Gerald Chiunda who is an official at the examinations body said the failure of almost half the number of students only shows that the examination did not leak.
According to the list of the best performingT schools, the Catholic run schools have exceedingly starred impressively as the best with 9 schools out of 10 being Catholic schools.