30 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:14 AM
Confusion over JCE: MANEB maintains exam is abolished
Days after it was announced that the abolition of the Junior Cetificate Exam had been abolished, there has emerged a conflict.
The Malawi government through the ministry of education, science and technology has refused to reintroduce the abolished Junior Certificate of Education (JCE).
Last year, the ministry of education, science and technology abolished the JCE exams saying they were costing the government much money.
But upon seeing the effectiveness of the exams in the country’s education, an independent organization that administers exams, National Independent Academic Examination Council last week announced that it will sponsor the examinations.
According to the organization’s director Philess Kachingwe, the exams mean a lot to Malawian students hence the need to bring them back.
However, the ministry of education through its spokesperson Manfred Ndovi says government is not aware of the reintroduction.
Ndovi further said government will not accept to bring back the exams.
“We are just hearing it from the local media and no official communication has been made by the said organization.
“The exams were on the reform to be abolished so there is no way we can reintroduce it and that will be an upset to us so no reintroduction,” said Ndovi.
He added that the independent examinations body can go ahead with the examinations but the certificate won’t be recognized by the Malawi government.
On his part, Maneb spokesperson Simeon Maganga said what they know is that the exams got abolished in Malawi and there is no turning back on the issue.