At least 251 407 candidates are sitting for the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, which started on Wednesday.
The candidates write the exams for three days.
The figure represents an increase of 17 243 candidates or 6.85 percent. Last year, a total of 234 164 candidates sat for the examinations.
The candidates are sitting for six subjects namely English, Mathematics, Primary Sciences, Social and Religious Studies, Chichewa and Arts and Life Skills. The examinations take place in 4 11 examination centres.
Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations will be administered from June 4 to Friday June 11, according to the Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) in a statement released last week.
There are 134 243 registered candidates for the JCE, while 144 504 have registered for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations to be administered from June 26 to July 24.