Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has announced that Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) which was abolished in 2015 will be reintroduced effective 2020-21 academic year.
The abolishment of JCE, which was negatively received by the general public, was proposed by The Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB) as they believed that the paper had lost value and ,and that it was going to be a waste of resources to continue administering the exam.
Government said the proposal was also motivated by financial constraints because the whole process of administering the exam and printing of certificates required a great deal of money which would otherwise have been allocated to cover equally important areas.
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Minister of Education Science and Technology, William Susuwele, highlighted why the government has reconsidered reinstating JCE saying it contributed to poor performance of Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).
“Once JCE was decommissioned, it resulted in relaxation of some students which consequently led to poor results at MSCE level and some did poorly because they simply did not have a taste of exams at JCE level,” he said.
Furthermore, Susuwere said the government has decided to abolish quota system which is used to admit students to various tertiary institutions after passing MSCE.
The system which has also been criticized by the general public, was introduced in 1997 with the aim of providing equal opportunity of tertiary education to everyone as it gave a chance to those that were disadvantaged in terms of education.
“The system is to be abolished because currently, we relatively have quite a number of tertiary institutions that can accommodate a large number of students,” Susuwere said.