Thirty-four candidates for the 2015/16 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations at Amina Girls Academy in Ntcheu are reported to have failed to sit for the examinations.
According to Ntcheu district education manager-(DEM) George Ngaiyaye, the candidates did not sit for the examinations since Adam Chiwanda, the school director, failed to register the school with Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb).
“The school was previously known as Perkings Private Primary and Secondary Schools, but was later taken over by another proprietor who changed the name to Amina Girls Academy,” he said.
Ngaiyaye said the current investor did not register with Maneb to have an examination centre number for the institution as such it was not possible for the candidates to sit for the examinations.
He said he advised the proprietor to let the candidates sit as external candidates at Manjawira Primary School.
“The proprietor of the schools did not take the advice until the day when the examinations commenced, ” he said.
When contacted, Chiwanda confirmed the incident saying the 34 candidates did not write the examinations because he thought the Maneb examination number for Perkings Private Schools was still valid.
“Therefore, I did not register Amina Girls Academy with Maneb, hence the hiccup,” he said.n