As many stakeholders continue condemning the government over its decision of eradicating Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) and Junior Certificate of Education (JCE), the Private schools Employees Union of Malawi (PSEUM) has expressed worries over the government’s decision saying it will negatively affect education in the country.
General Sectary for PSEUM, Falison Lemani told Malawi24 in an interview that the abolishment JCE will bring poor examination results for Malawi School Certificate of Education – MSCE since students will be relaxing a lot a situation which will lower education standard of country’s education.
He added that teachers will be blamed for failing students since student’s examination failure it is mostly believed to be a teacher’s fault.
“As teachers from private schools we are worried with abolishment of JCE exams of course we are appreciating for the reforms because are important and needed in order improve things.
“But on contrary we feel that abolishment of JCE examination will lower the standard of education. Right now we already have a problem that pupils are just enrolled anyhow in private schools just because school directors need money.
“With abolishment of JCE we will have problems in MSCE because JCE prepares a pupil for MSCE exams and the results of MSCE from now on wards will be poor and will put blames on the teachers because most cases when a student fails blames go the teacher and with abolishment of JCE pupils will relax a lot which will bring problems at MSCE level”, he explained.
PSEUM has also blamed government for rushing into its decision of abolishing the exams without conducting wider consultations with concerned stakeholders so that others can have opportunities expressing their opinions on the issue.