About 270 000 candidates are today expected to start sitting this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations (PSLCE).
In an interview last week, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) spokesperson Simeon Maganga expressed optimism that this year’s PSLCE will be a success following thorough preparations.
“Mainly, we fear leakages which we did not have last year. The only cases we had were minimal and were to do with impersonation and candidates being found with [prepared] notes,” he said.
However, Maganga said despite registering such a big number of candidates, they usually end up with fewer candidates after administering the examinations.
“As you know, these candidates only pay for less and the rest is catered for by government. So, maybe, that is why the number of absentees increases because they do not spend much. And in that way, government spends a lot of money.”
Prior to the examinations, Maneb consulted stakeholders to ensure success in both PSLCE and Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations (MSCE).