MSCE pass rate drops

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By Florence Mwale

The pass rate for the Malawi School Certification of Education (MSCE) examination has dropped from 62.32 percent last year to 50.36 percent this year.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology William Susuwele Banda on Tuesday morning released a report indicating that out of 92,867 candidates who sat for the examinations 46,771 have passed representing 50.36 percent.

Out of the 41,708 female students who sat for the examinations 17,887 have passed, representing 42.89 percent.

Of the 573 students with special needs that sat for the exams 302 of them have passed.

In the statement, Banda also expresses concern at the number of students that were absent. 5,465 students did not sit for the exams despite having registered.

Education analyst Steve Sharra has attributed the poor results of the MSCE exam results to the change in curriculum, but also the abolishment of the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE).

Sharra has stressed that a lot needs to be done in order to assess the new curriculum so that students perform well.

In the top ten best performing students, only one male student from Zomba Catholic Secondary School scooped six points. While six other students managed to get eight.

Only three students got eight points each. Last year, 197,286 candidates sat for exams and 124,745 passed representing a 63.23 percent pass rate.






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