Blantyre, Blantyre District Education Management (DEM) has attributed intensification of monitoring activities during the just ended 2019 Malawi School Certificate of Education, examinations to the attainment of an incident free exercise.
“This year’s exams have been administered without any incident which can be attributed to joint intensification of monitoring between Malawi National Examinations Board and district education officials who were available from commencement to the end,” he said.
Alubano added that all exam supervisors and different partners unlike in the previous years were given their subsistence allowances and related logistics days prior to the examination.
Senior Inspector said the exercise faced two major drawbacks citing early collection of examination envelopes on daily basis from the distribution center and assigning of a single official charged with the task of unpacking the envelopes and aligning the same in order of cluster centers.
Senior Inspector of Schools in Blantyre Urban, Lonne Salama said a total of 10, 274 candidates sat for MSCE exams in the district and that the rapport that exists among various partners played a significant role to the success of the process.
She observed that unlike in the previous years; MANEB ensured that supervisors and all stakeholders received their allowances in advance, provided adequate fuel to cater for Police and Education sectors for local running.
She disclosed that management would consider deploying similar methods in future administration of exams in an attempt to reduce cases of irregularities.
“All in all, I would like to attribute this rare success of examination administration to good rapport and thorough preparation ahead of the two sets of national examinations MSCE and Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC).