Govt blasted for abolishing PSLCE & JCE

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Roman Catholic Bishops in Malawi have blasted government for abolishing Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE) and Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE).

In a pastoral Statement released by of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the bishops also claim that they have been pointing out many times that education standards are going down in public schools but government has failed to act.

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Abolishing of JCE and PSLCE not good. (Library)

Last year in September, government decided to do away with PSLCE and JCE saying the two papers have lost value and the examinations are too expensive to administer.

However, the bishops have argued that no country can achieve any meaningful development without investment in education.

The bishops said: “We are concerned about the possible impact of the abolition of Standard 8 and Junior Certificate examinations.

“We wish there were wider discussions and consultations before such a decision was made.

“This could dispel fears people have that the government only wanted to do away with Standard 8 and Junior Certificate exams for economic expediency and not raising the standards of education.”

The bishops have also blamed government for overcrowded classrooms, lack of teaching materials, shortage of teachers, and ill-equipped laboratories and libraries in schools across the country.

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  2. kodi std 8 ndi form 2 ntchito zake zikupezeka kuti? poti ngakhale wa MSCE pano akugwila ntchito za ulonda. so its wrong to blame the govmnt in abolishing these certificates,coz it takes gvmnt resources and tax payers money, just to have an exercise of these examinations yet the certificates are of no value. MALAWI GO TO SCHOOL and come back with PHDz!

  3. In malawi we call JC. Jc_means jump carefully.IN RSA is called grade 10.mukamati boma limaononga ndalama through JC&PLCE what do u mean? When did u notaced this kuti mukumaononga ndalama? What u must know is,u r not expending money bt u r maintain Education.mudandaula chani,ndalama ndiye zowonongedwazo

  4. The issue here is that people in general complains why PSLCE, JCE is abolished. Catholics are concerned because if these are really abolished then assessment of students will be difficult. Mind assessing someone ie by giving him or her a certificate is different from assessing him/ her through exercises. It’s bargage of folly attacking Catholic bishops…..you are even saying they should choose Christianity and education…… Remember it’s an educated person who can read and understand the Bible.Malawians Lets see carefully, judge righteously before we accuse or ACT.

  5. The issue here is that people in general complains why PSLCE, JCE is abolished. Catholics are concerned because if these are really abolished then assessment of students will be difficult. Mind assessing someone ie by giving him or her a certificate is different from assessing him/ her through exercises. It’s bargage of folly attacking Catholic bishops…..you are even saying they should choose Christianity and education…… Remember it’s an educated person who can read and understand the Bible.Malawians Lets see carefully, judge righteously before we accuse or ACT.

  6. Koma inu a Malawi 24 ndi ma Bishop, zikusonyeza kuti nkhani iyi mukungopanga comment koma simunayimvesese. Mayeso a standard 8 azilembedwabe koma angosiya kupanga issue ma certificates because they have lost value. It is only JCE which has been abolished complitely. Kumamvetsetsa anthu inu mwamva???

  7. Abolishing jc Msce, is just weakening our education arleady in fregile shape. Both examinations should not be abolished for strengthen our education.

  8. Izi ndizopanda nzeru akunena awa a catholic. Anthu ambiri ali ndi certificate ya PSLCE ndi JCE koma sangalembedwe ntchito. Boma likuononga ndalama zambiri pakukonzekera mayesowa ndikulembetsa ndikuchongetsa amene sakupindulira Ophunzira. A Catholic tamangophunzitsanani chinyengo chanu pa Mawu amen mumati ndi a YEHOVA koma zisali choncho kusiyana ndikudziphatikiza ndi andale. KULIBWINO MUSANKHE CHIMODZI NDALE KAPENA CHIPEMBEDZO

  9. Kusamva koma, anthu ananenatu kuti assessment ya ana athu izi khala bwanji? Ana anu amalemba GSCE and ilibe za JCE, nanga ndi angati angatumize ana ku ma school amaphunziro a mayeso a kunja.

  10. How can we raise standards of education when there are no stipulated minimum yardsticks?
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