Blantyre, The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has managed to administer leakage free national examinations for the past three consecutive years besides reducing the trend of cheating for candidates sitting for Malawi School Certificate of Examination (MSCE.)
MANEB Director responsible for Examinations Security Department, Robert Harawa said this on Tuesday during his presentation on administering leakage free national examinations at a Southern Africa Association for Educational Assessment conference in Mangochi where he attributed the development to the innovations that had been introduced in the administration of examinations.
There had been a decreasing trend of the percentage of candidates disqualified due to cheating in examinations since 2003 to date at both Primary Leaving School Certificate of Education and MSCE levels of examinations.
For instance in 2002, the board registered 8 percent of MSCE candidates who were disqualified for cheating malpractice and the trend has been decreasing up until in 20l6 where the board only had 0.l percent of the total number of candidates who were involved in similar nature.
Likewise, in 2002 and 20l6 only 0.74 percent and 0.09 percent of PLSCE candidates were disqualified respectively. Based on our statistics, we have managed to administer leakage free national examinations since 20l4 to 20l6, said Harawa.
Harawa described the move as a great milestone in as far as administration of national examinations in the country was concerned.
We have reviewed penalties in MANEB Act, arresting offenders on the spot and prosecuting them and also employing cluster system for writing examinations.
Again, we introduced Examination Task Force Committee whose major task was to monitor the administration of national examination and also conduct massive awareness campaign against examination malpractices, he said.
According to Harawa, the board will also continue to ensure that all issues arising from delays in paying examination invigilators allowances do not affect the administration of the examinations saying:
We are still taking necessary procedures and with support from government to address the issues for good.
Commenting on the SAAEA conference which is currently underway on educational assessment, the Director said the meeting will ensure that there is harmonization among examination administering education institutions in combating exams malpractice.
MANEB is the country’s national examining body, established by an Act of Parliament to develop, administer and process national examinations at primary and secondary school levels.
For the past years, the examining body has been marred with examinations malpractices such as cheating among candidates which interfered with the validity of the examinations results.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA