27 November 2016 Last updated at: 10:30 AM
Maneb gets tough on independent examination body
….stops it from using Maneb logo
The Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) has warned the newly formed National Independent Academic Examination Council (NIAEC) over unauthorized use of the Maneb logo on its sample certificates to be given to Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE).
According to Maneb, the Malawi government through the ministry of education science and technology did not approve the private examination council to administer JCE and PSCLE exams in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Maneb Acting Executive Director Jack Chalimba said JCE exams will not be administered in the country starting 2017 as per approval of government hence no need to have a private examination council for that.
Chalimba further warned the public to tread carefully as they deal with NIAEC on financial matters arguing that they can be defrauded as the independent board will be giving certificates not approved by government.
“With the foregoing, Maneb is demanding NIAEC to urgently remove any logo, words or wording that seem to link MANEB to dealings of NIAEC from any of their publications or utterances. Should this demand not be honoured within 14 days, Maneb will have no option other than seeking legal redress on the matter,” said Chalimba.
He added that the examination body is not ready to work with the NIAEC arguing that its operations are questionable and it is doubtful if NIAEC has the workforce with requisite assessment competence to professionally and objectively assess learners.
In April this year, NIAEC disclosed that it has been approved and registered to administer exams for form 2 students as well as Standard 8 students.
In a letter dated 25th April with reference: NIAEC/02/-2016, addressed to the public, NIAEC disclosed that they are to be giving certificates in conjunction with MANEB.
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