All is set for Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations with 153 646 candidates expected to sit from today, June 22 to July 20.
Random visits by Nation Online to some examination centres found all preparatory activities such as organisation of sitting plans, arrangement of chairs and desks and distribution of identity cards (IDs) done.
Head teacher of Chichiri Secondary School in Blantyre, Emmie Chiwala, said in an interview yesterday that the school received IDs in time and all internal candidates have received theirs.
She said her office is only remaining with about 50 IDs of external candidates who are expected to get them before exam time.
“All the IDs came on time. All faces and names were matching. Only one external candidate had an ID with an anomaly. The face was not matching with the name, but it has been rectified,” said Chiwala.
She said 248 candidates, both internal and external are expected to sit the agriculture practical paper this morning, 512 candidates will sit biology practical tomorrow and 477 candidates will sit physical science practical on Friday.
Acting deputy head teacher at HHI Secondary School, Effie Chalamwendo, also said preparations at the school were through; IDs have been given to students; all laboratories were ready for the practical examinations and they have ensured that all students are ready for the examinations.
In a telephone interview, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) spokesperson Simeon Maganga said the board already delivered the exam papers to various districts in the country and so far it has not received any query, which means everything is in order.
He also said the nominal roll was sent in February this year to the schools and candidates were given ample time to check their names as well as the subjects they will sit in the exam.
“We also met appointed invigilators and supervisors to brief them on what we expect from them regarding administration of the exam,” said Maganga.