The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) says it is in need of additional K500 million in the 2020/2021 fiscal year for the Board to administer examinations in the country.
According to MANEB Chief Executive Officer Gerald Chiunda, the allocation of K5.9 billion will not be enough for the Board to run its operations following the reintroduction of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations.
Speaking during a meeting with the Parliamentary Cluster on Education, Science and Technology in Lilongwe, Chiunda said the Board is also in need of K2.2 billion for construction of a warehouse to be used by the board.
“After our analysis we are saying that we need at least K500 million to be added on the operational side and K2.2 billion for us to be able to finalise the construction of the marking center and warehouse because challenges to do with warehousing of our materials,” appealed Chiunda.
Meanwhile, the Cluster through it Chairperson Brianax Kaise said it has taken note of the concerns raised by MANEB.
“They have a problem of a deficit of K500 million so as a Committee we have taken it seriously and we will follow it up,” assured Kaise.
Schools, Colleges, Universities and International Schools were reopened on 7th September, 2020 following their closure on 23rd March, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE) will be administered from 30th September to 2nd October, 2020 while Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) will be administered between 22nd October and 30th November, 2020.