Biology 2020 MSCE exams paper leaked

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has joined other stakeholders demanding explanation from Ministry of Education and Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) on the cancelled 2020 Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) exams.

CDEDI is therefore disappointed with the way government has handled the whole scenario as it was highly emotive, hence the students had no choice but to resort to widespread protests.

In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa observes that the Minister of Education Minister Agnes Nyalonje decision to cancel exams without thorough consultation.

“The emotive approach that has been taken by the authorities, clearly manifested itself in a very brief statement made by the education minister, madam Agness Nyalonje, which has left parents and guardians on one hand, and the educational stakeholders such as the school owners on the other with more questions than answers.

“CDEDI, and indeed all well-meaning Malawians expected the following from the education minster’s statement:An explanation on the factors that have led to the leakage of the examinations; The consultative process that was conducted in order to arrive at the decision to cancel the examinations; The modalities that have been considered during the waiting period for the examinations to be re-administered,” reads part of CDEDI statement.

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address the nation on the same on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Below is CDEDI full statement:

EDUCATION MINISTRY OWES MALAWIANS AN EXPLANATION

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has received the news about the cancellation of the 2020 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations with mixed reactions.

The news was broken by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) at a press briefing which was held in the capital, Lilongwe on Wednesday, 3rd November 2020, on grounds that the examinations were leaked.

It is worth noting right at the onset that CDEDI is not and would not condone any examination malpractices.

However, CDEDI is disappointed with the way government has handled the whole scenario as it was highly emotive, hence the students had no choice but to resort to widespread protests.

The emotive approach that has been taken by the authorities, clearly manifested itself in a very brief statement made by the education minister, madam Agness Nyalonje, which has left parents and guardians on one hand, and the educational stakeholders such as the school owners on the other with more questions than answers.

CDEDI, and indeed all well-meaning Malawians expected the following from the education minster’s statement:

An explanation on the factors that have led to the leakage of the examinations;

The consultative process that was conducted in order to arrive at the decision to cancel the examinations;

The modalities that have been considered during the waiting period for the examinations to be re-administered;

The criteria that have been used to declare 9th of March 2020, as the start date for re-administering the fresh MSCE examinations;

A roadmap on how the school owners are to handle the process of re-administering the examinations from the time the candidates have been sent home, to the time they are expected to come back and sit for the examinations;

It is unfortunate that this incident has happened just a month after the schools opened following a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which contributed to a high drop-out rate of students, specifically girls, due to early marriages and teenage pregnancies. It is very likely that the cancellation of the 2020 MSCE examinations will result into more students drop-outs, a development that is very worrisome.

Lastly, but not the least, CDEDI is appealing to the Tonse Alliance government to consider embracing the spirit of consulting widely on matters of national interest, and desist from making emotionally charged decisions, which are most often too costly to the taxpayers and hit the poor and the marginalized very hard.

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