Malawi Government phases out final JC Examinations

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The Malawi government though Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has officially announced final decision that it will, from 2016/2017 academic year phase out the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examination.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Emmanuel Fabiano said this during the press briefing conducted to express government stand on the development.

Fabiano said the last JCE examination to be administered will be in 2016 for the current Form 2 students.

Junior Certificate of Education

Fabiano says abolition of JCE is part of the reforms.

He backed up the decision by saying that Ministry has a desire for all secondary school students to remain in school until they complete Form 4 when they will sit for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.

Due to this, successful candidates shall be awarded an MSCE Certificate as is the case now while the unsuccessful candidates shall be awarded a Certificate of Completion which will recognize the fact that the owner of the certificate went through and completed secondary education.

“The emphasis here is on knowledge, skills and values acquired by secondary school students and not the number of public examinations passed.

“It should be understood that the only reason we send children to school is for them to learn and acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes as set out in the curriculum. Examinations are part of the learning process but are not the main objective of education”, he explained.

He further added that Ministry would like to promote the practice of continuous assessment from Form 1 through to Form 4 in order for schools to thoroughly cover the Curriculum as opposed to the current practice which is, to a greater extent, examination oriented as both students and teachers focus much on JCE examination results rather than acquisition of knowledge, skills, values and positive attitudes. In fact, most of Term 3 of Form 2 is spent on preparing for JCE examinations and not learning for understanding.

Government complains that it spends a lot of money to administer the examination and instead wants to redirect the financial resources to other productive areas.

The abolishment of JCE examinations is part of the ongoing Public Service Reforms in the country.

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  2. zithed zimenezo,,,,,kale inkakhala nd ntchito koma panopa I don see any use fod [email protected] certifcate,,,’ungot amalawi mmangokonda kutsutsa zlizonse,,,,my mama tod me kale ankalemba jiya mu std 3 komanxo 5 nd 8 then anachotsa mayeso a5 nd 3 chifukwa analibe ntchito,,,,,nde chimodzmodz JCE ilibe ntchito bx izngotitaitsa nthawi aichotse bx,,,,,,okanikawo azikanikabe oyenela kukhoinza jiyawo azkhonza bx koma JCE nakumalawi kwanga kuno ilibe ntchito

  3. phasing out JC is awelcome move.this has reduced the worklord people had of keeping and protecting anonsanse and a useless tissue in their bags (i have already thrown away mine out of my bag)

  4. Kodi msce imadziwika Maiko Ena? Kuchotsa jce zisonyeza kuti maphunziro akulowa pansi.
    Mmene akonzere ndi momo. Tinenayeeeee! Mpaka tifika potopa.
    Kufuna kwao kuchitidwe.
    Maganizo anga jce, sidakayenera kuchotsedwa.

  5. Mmmmmmmmmmmh ndichimozmoz munth Kuyamba Std 1 mpakana secondary level asanalembe mayeso ena alionse shaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. A jester chawamba palibe nkhan yotukwanila apa,,,,,zungisonyezeratu kut inu ndinu mmodz mwa amalawi osaganiza pofuna kuyankhula ,,,,,nkhan mukunenayo zikanakhala bwino mukanafufuza kaye musanalembe commnt yanuyo

  7. anthu aku malawi ndi mbuli, jcd had no benifit to the one writting it,it was just a waste of resources coz it the same as end of term exam where u pass and get to another class unlike standard 8 and msce where u have to pass to get to the next level..Like from primary to secondary…The question is..What will change in secondary now that jce is phased out?? nothing!!!

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  9. I wonder why Malawians want to develop on a silver platter. how on earth can that happen. this is the same thing we said to Bingu when doing his reforms. poor us.

  10. Langa ndi funso loti “Bwanji anthu akasiya kugwilitsa ntchito K1 Reserve Bank simasiya kupanga ndalamayi?” Athetselanji Certificate?

  11. Nkhani yothetsa mayeso a form 2(jce) sinayambe ndi peter mukunyozanu mufufuze ngati mumazitsata mumudziwa koma poti zichitika munthawi yake muipiseni basi anaziyambitsa aliphee.

  12. mu parliament enanu mulibe MSCE mumadalira ka JCE mwachosaka asogoleri amawa adalira chani…? muzindiyankha agalu inu…zitsilu zosaopa okulemban ntchito…mxiuew..damn u….

  13. Ndalama Imayamba Ndi 1tambala, Simayamba Ndi 2kwacha.Oloiyeyu Akuti Ndipolofesayi Alinayo J.C.E, Kumangoti Ndalama Zilizonse.Kodi Ndalamazo Nzanyumba Mwanu?.Mmesa Mumatidula Misonkho Kodi?,aaa Mutiyankhulitsa Pambali Mwamva

  14. Kodi Tinene Kuti Kumeneku kutukula maphunziro kapena kulowetsa pansi? ndithandizeni akuluakulu mutu wanga wazunguzika ngat ndadya chankhotakota

    • jce imatukula maphunziro how?? as a matter of fact this shows kuti malawi we is improvin educational wise this shows that anthu ambiri are earning higher education to the point that jce has to be phased out.to date the lowest level of education is msce as long as job application is concerned,jce lost its value long time ago

  15. Akulu timkakukhulupilirani poyamba koma ndi izi aaaaaa! mwatichititsa manyazi. inuyo mulibe jce? afabiano nanuso mulibe jce? nanga bwanji mupanga zimenezi? pangani manyazi. ngati maiko ena amalemekeza dziko lamalawi pamaphuziro nkhani ndi jce. nde dziko lipepuke chifukwa cha zitsiru ngati inu? ayi musatero. tionana mu 2019!!!!

  16. Machende ako fabiano pamozi ndi pita wakoyo,mayeso akutha ndalama nanga anthu 115 anapita ku UN anawononga zingati mwatinga ngati makape sii muzafa ifa yowawa

  17. Iam sure the people in the ministry have got their education in Malawi and they know the advantages of JCE,how will the country develop without quality education?

  18. mwana akabandwa amayamba mkaka kenako phala kumalizila nsima inu ndiye mukuti chani timayamba std8 kenako jc kumalizila msce inuyo anzeru zedi inuyo jc mulibe afisi inu opandapake ana amalimbikila jc form 3 amapuma kunganiza amat pasese ehede inu ndiye kaya apaseni azanu ayendese bomali muone kt maphuzilo ayenda bwanji!!chimene mumatha ndi chani?kukwatila mukwatile mutalowa boma hahaha kukanika kuima panukha kuopa budget forsek

  19. Kwatsala kupanga abolish MSCE kenaka muzathetsa ma university kumalizira kuthetsa maphunziro kuti basi pasapezeke wopita ku school, tizingoledzera ndikumangosuta vwamba mmakwalalamu

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