Gerald Chiunda: suspended

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) has suspended executive director, Gerald Chiunda.

According to a letter signed by Maneb Board chairperson, Edith Mmela, the decision has been arrived at in order to pave way for thorough investigation into the massive leakage of this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.

“On behalf of the Board, I am writing you to inform that the Board has resolved to suspend you from duty in your capacity as Executive Director with immediate effect in order to allow the Board to conduct thorough investigations into the matter.

“Upon the conclusion of its investigations, the Board shall give you an opportunity to be heard on the matter regarding your role. The Board shall communicate this in writing,” reads the letter in part.

Some sources indicate that Dr. Dorothy Nampota has taken over in acting capacity.

On 4th November, 2020, the MANEB Board in conjunction with Ministry of education announced the cancellation of the 2020 MSCE examinations due to widespread leakage of some examination papers.

Following the cancellation, President Lazarus Chakwera ordered the firing of MANEB top officials by the end of this month for its gross incompetence in the management of the examinations and must be replaced immediately with another team which would deliver credible examinations that Malawi has ever had.

The president also gave the Ministry of Education a week to identify and discipline those behind the examinations mess.

About 152 thousand candidates were sitting for the 2020 national exams which were initially slated to be administered from June 18, 2020, but were postponed due to Covid-19 which led to closure of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

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