Education experts have said the just released 2014 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) results indicate that there is no improvement for the past five years.
The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) on Monday released the results with 71 486 out of 130 293 candidates passing, representing a 54.8 percent pass rate.
In an interview yesterday, educationist Dr. Steve Sharra said although the results show an improvement from last year’s results, it is not the time we should be stagnating around the 50 percent pass rate.
Said Sharra: “The perennial problem in our secondary schools remains large classes with no available resources such as books and laboratory equipment.
“These large classes are also usually manned by non-qualified teachers whose morale is low.”
Another education expert, Roy Hauya, said the constant results might be due to poor education standards in the country.
Hauya said the country needs schools that have better and dedicated teachers as well as students who are also dedicated.
On his part, Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) executive director Benedicto Kondowe said for a country that is striving to develop, it is disappointing to have a pass rate of 54.8 percent in a national examination.