Parliament calls for JCE reinstatement

The Education Committee of Parliament has asked the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to embark on consultation meetings with stakeholders on the abolition of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE).

According to the committee, ever since abolition of JCE there has been a decrease in pass rate especially at Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) level by most students.

Chairperson of the committee Brainex Kaise told YFM Online that most students are not performing well and there is need for reintroduction of JCE for students to be serious at school.

“The downfall of the MSCE 2019 results was as a result of students not taking JCE exams so as a result we had an intention that why can’t they reintroduce JCE?” questioned Kaise.

But reacting to the suggestion, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education Justin Saidi has attributed the poor performance of students to a number of factors, and abolition of JCE can be one of the issues.

“JCE could be one of the reasons, but there are so many factors so as a Ministry we will look into this one, we will study and see what are the main causes,” he said.

According to 2019 MSCE results, out of 92, 837 students who sat for the examination, 46, 771 passed representing 50.36 percent pass rate

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