Malawi government allegedly phased out the examinations on grounds they were costly.
The opposition party’s Director of Youths in the Northern region, Mathias Kanjere Mgomezulu said this during a political rally at Mwenirondo in the central constituency of Karonga district.
Mgomezulu said the decision to abolish JCE is a very big syndrome to the future of this nation as it dilutes the country’s quality of education.
He justified his argument that the decision will negatively affect the performance of many secondary school pupils at senior level since most of them will be reluctant to work hard at junior level hence lowering the standards of education in the country.
The stronghold of two political giants, the incumbent independent Member of Parliament (MP) Frank Mwenifumbo and his long-time rival, Cornelius Mwalwanda a former cabinet minister and now an MCP torch bearer are promising peace and stability for the next coming elections.
Karonga central constituency is mostly associated with chaos during campaign and election period.
These are usually carried out by youth groupings who go by the name Bengazi.
Speaking to Capital FM after the rally, the MCP torch bearer, said under the leadership of Lazarus Chakwera, the party expects no violence in the forthcoming tripartite elections.
They are currently grooming and wooing the youths to join the party so that they become exemplary and practice good politics that aims at developing the nation and not causing havoc.
Mwalwanda said as being the leaders of today and tomorrow, youths are not supposed to be taken as campaign tools by grooming them to be stubborn but instead they should be natured to lead the nation.
Commenting on development perspective, he condemned the incumbent government the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for allegedly letting the country collapse in all sectors of development.
He pointed out the dilapidated infrastructures in the district like classroom blocks at Mwenirondo.
“You can see the solar panels I initiated to be installed in teachers’ houses and school blocks! They are all damaged.”
“Some just need battery replacements but nobody seems to care. Learners are failing to study at night. All these will be repaired once I’m voted to re-assume my parliamentary seat,” said Mwalwanda.
Reacting on why he is failing to do development activities now, just like the party’s youth director, he argued that the party has no financial muscle to do that while in opposition.