By Solister Mogha
Zomba, December 24, Mana: The Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) says preparations for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations are almost completed and the board will, on Monday December 28, start printing and distributing examination papers.
Maneb Acting Executive Director, Professor Dorothy Nampota has therefore assured the nation of maximum security of examination to ensure zero leakage.
Speaking in Zomba during a press briefing aimed at updating the nation on the preparedness of the board, Prof. Nampota said despite the shortest period that the board was given to prepare for the fresh examinations, much work has been done and all is set come January next year.
Prof Nampota said government through the treasury department has also released the sum of K4.5billion that was requested by Maneb for a smooth administration of the fresh examinations.
“I wish to inform Malawians that as Maneb we are more than ready to administer credible examinations next year and let me state that all measures have been put in place to ensure zero leakage and reduced malpractice during the forthcoming MSCE exams.
“As we speak, development of examination has been finalized and from Monday next week, we will start printing and delivery of examination papers to all centers,” Prof Nampota said.
Prof Nampota further said the board has already advised secondary school management on the list of items that would be required for practical examinations and has sent money to schools to purchase the said items.
Meanwhile Prof Nampota said no candidate both in public and private schools would be required to pay the MK6000 for practical examinations paper as this has already been squared up by the government.
On security of examination papers, Prof Nampota said the board has engaged several security agents of the country such as Police, the Malawi Defense Forces, the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB).
She said: “The Malawi Defense Force will be responsible for storage of all examination papers while the police will secure examinations in the centers.”
Jacob Kayange one of the MSCE students expressed happiness over the news saying, at last, there was hope for fresh examinations.
Kayange said though the cancellation of the whole examination affected preparedness of many students, the good part of it was that, the exams would be retaken in January.
“I just pray that we don’t have a repeat of the same,” he said.
Maneb cancelled the 2020 MSCE examination on November 4 due to massive leakage of examination papers. Unlike the decision of the board which had planned to re-administer the examination in March 2021, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera directed that the examination be retaken in January same year.
About 154,146 students are expected to sit for the MSCE examination and Maneb has prepared papers for all the registered students.