BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Agness Nyalonje, has lamented lack of space in public secondary schools in the country, a challenge that has resulted in low selection rate in the just released Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations.
Nyalonge expressed her concern on Monday afternoon when she was presiding over the release of PSLCE examination results.
Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) has approved the examination results as credible.
The education minister announced that 225 387 learners have passed the PSLCE out of 277 007 who sat for the exams representing 81.37% pass rate.
Nyalonje said the pass rate is the highest in the last five years. She has hailed the pass rate saying “despite the challenges that were there, learners made it.”
Nevertheless, out of 225 387 learners that have passed the PSLCE examinations, only 84 987 learners have been selected to public secondary schools due to limited space.
Nyalonje bemoaned the lack of enough schools in the country saying it has deprived many learners of access to secondary schools.
To address the challenge, she said her Ministry has made the construction of secondary schools a priority.
Apart from constructing new secondary schools, Nyalonje said that her Ministry is exploring short-term solutions that would accommodate learners that are being left out of the public secondary school selection.
She said while the government is building secondary schools to alleviate the problem, her Ministry is also looking at the possibility of open distance learning for secondary schools.
She said building schools is a long-term measure and there is a need for short-term solutions.
Those selected to various public secondary schools will have to report for school on February 1, 2021.