Government has expressed satisfaction with the 55.24 percent pass rate recorded during this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.
Out of 136 296 candidates who sat for the 2015 MSCE examinations in at least six subjects including English, 75 296 candidates have passed, representing a 55.2 percent pass rate.
The figure represents a 0.4 percentage point increase on the 54.8 pass rate in 2014 when 71 486 qualified for the award of the MSCE certificate out of 130 293 candidates who sat for the exams.
In an interview on Tuesday, spokesperson in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Manfred Ndovi, said 38 candidates have been disqualified for contravening Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) regulations.
“Some 454 candidates have had their results withheld pending investigations while 38 candidates have been disqualified for contravening Maneb rules,” he said.
Ndovi urged candidates wising to query their results to do so by writing the head of the examination centre where they registered.
While expressing satisfaction with the 0.4 percent increase in pass rate, Ndovi said “It is good news because we have moved, but it is not that satisfactory. We still have a lot of homework to do to achieve desired results.
“That includes having more qualified teachers and ensuring that we have adequate learning materials so that students do not scramble for books.”
In the 2015 examinations, female candidates managed to get a 48.73 percent pass rate as 30 010 passed out of 61 582 candidates, up from 46.94 percent in 2014.
Male candidates have registered a 60.61 percent pass rate as 45 286 candidates have passed out of 74 714 candidates who sat for the exams, up from 60.26 percent in 2014.