22 September 2016 Last updated at: 12:20 AM
No cheap things under Mutharika: MANEB hikes exam fees
The Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) has raised by 50 percent the 2017 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) and Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination fees.
According to a statement signed by the board’s Director of Finance Thomas Dokotala, PSLCE external candidates will be required to pay K80 per subject from last year’s K40 while entry, administration, centre and form fees per candidate are at K400 each from K200 each last year.
Dokotala said internal and external MSCE candidates have to part ways with K800 per subject from last year’s K400 per subject.
Entry fee is at K1, 300, a raise from last year’s K650 while administration and centre fees are each at K700 from K350.
External candidates are also required to pay an additional form fee of K700. To get Identity cards (IDs), PSLCE candidates have to part ways with K1, 500 while MSCE candidates will have to pay K2, 000 each.
Commenting on the matter, MANEB’s Public Relations Officer Simeon Maganga described the raise as necessary because the fees were too low.
“We sent a proposal to government that the fees needed adjustment because they were too low. They gave us a go-ahead in 2014 but we decided to do the adjustment in phases. So this is the adjustment that we have done,” Maganga said.
Meanwhile, the registration exercise for the 2017 examinations has started and will close in December.
This follows the recent University of Malawi (Unima) fees hike that the Peter Mutharika led government announced.
Mutharika’s leadership fell to incessant criticisms for the hike and a series of protests by the students only saw him (Mutharika) accept that the fees be placed to a MK50 000 cut.