Malawi registers lowest MSCE pass rate in 10 yrs


The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has released the results for 2020/2021 Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) examination with a pass rate of 41.42 percent, a drop from 2019's 50.52 percent and 2018's 63 percent.

The pass rate has been going down since Malawi introduced a new syllabus.

Announcing the results in Lilongwe, MANEB acting executive director, Prof. Dorothy Nampota said out of the 138,310 who sat for the examinations only 57,293 have passed.

The results were poorer for girls, Nampota said, as out of 64,297 female students who sat for the examinations, 22,270 have been successful and that out of 74,013 male students, 35,023 of them have passed.

This represents 34.64 represents and 47.32 percent for females and males, respectively.

According to statistics, pass rates for female and male students also went down in 2019 compared to the previous year and were at 42.89 percent for female and 56.46 percent for male students.

In her remarks, Minister of Education, Agnes Nyalonje said this is the lowest pass rate the country has registered in over 10 years.

The just released results for the 2020/2021 examinations were ill-fated. Having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, they were cancelled as a result of massive leakage which was characterised by the presence of some exam papers on social media before they were administered.

She has pointed out shifting and closure of schools in March, 2020 and nullification of the first scheduled exams as some of the major contributing factors towards the decrease in the pass rate.

Additionally: "These MSCE examination results also mirror the resource gap besetting our education system. The school curriculum is inadequately provided with human resources and teaching and learning materials."

The resource gap also includes the fact that the less than 15,000 secondary school teachers were below the required 26,000.