LILONGWE ( Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow)- Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has expressed delight with the 55.24 percent pass rate recorded during this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations but call for more interventions .
According to Malawi National Examniations Board (Maneb), out of 136 296 candidates who sat for the 2015 MSCE examinations in at least six subjects including English, 75 296 candidates have passed, representing a 55.2 percent pass rate.
The figure represents a 0.4 percentage point increase on the 54.8 pass rate in 2014 when 71 486 qualified for the award of the MSCE certificate out of 130 293 candidates who sat for the exams.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Manfred Ndovi, said the ministry was satisfied with the pass rate but that more efforts needs to be done to improve.
He says 38 candidates have been disqualified for contravening Maneb regulations.
“Some 454 candidates have had their results withheld pending investigations while 38 candidates have been disqualified for contravening Maneb rules,” Ndovi says.
Candidates wising to query their results to do so by writing the head of the examination centre where they registered, says the Education Ministry spokesperson.
In the 2015 examinations, female candidates managed to get a 48.73 percent pass rate as 30 010 passed out of 61 582 candidates, up from 46.94 percent in 2014.
Male candidates have registered a 60.61 percent pass rate as 45 286 candidates have passed out of 74 714 candidates who sat for the exams, up from 60.26 percent in 2014.