October 21, 2018 by Staff Reporter
One of the renowned education activists in the country has expressed concern with the contradiction between the pass rate and the pass margin in the just released Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) results.
In interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday in Blantyre, Dr. Steve Sharra an education activist said although there has been an increase in the pass rate percentage as compared to last year, this year’s results comprised less people that have passed with flying colours.
“When you look at Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) breakdown, you will discover that there is no one who has scored an aggregate of six points and from six points to 10 points we only have 126 candidates. This tells us that despite the fact that there is an increase in the pass rate, less people have passed very well,” Sharra noted.
He commended MANEB for coming up with the breakdown of points in this year’s results, saying the development is a hallmark of transparency and accountability in the board’s dealings.
“This is the first time when MANEB has given us the real details of what the results look like, the breakdown gives us a clear picture of how the whole process was done,” Sharra added.
He observed that there has been a lot of murmuring on the social media among candidates who wrote the exams, claiming that the marks have not been awarded accordingly.
During a press briefing earlier this week, MANEB mentioned that the results of other 146 candidates have been withheld pending investigations.
According to MANEB, out of 93,469 female students who sat for the exams, only 54,325 passed.
Out of 103,817 male students who sat for the exams, only 70,430 passed, representing 58.12 per cent altogether.