Your bookmarked countries have an update since your last login. View Bookmarks x

Malawi Cancels Secondary School Certificate Exams after Papers Leak

January 18, 2021

Original Article:

The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has cancelled the 2020 final secondary school-leaving examinations after a number of test papers were leaked.

The leaked subjects were reportedly circulated on social media.

The cancellation of the Malawi School Certificate of Education prompted angry students to take to the streets in many parts of the East African country to protest.

The cancellation affects the future of more than 154,000 pupils.

In an announcement on Wednesday night, a government spokesperson said MANEB has “cancelled the Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations (MSCE) following leakage of English Paper 2, Geography Paper 2, Biology Paper 2, Chemistry Paper 2 and Mathematics examination papers.”

“The exams have since been postponed to March 9, 2021,” he aded.

Malawi’s Minister of Education, Agnes Nyalonje, said the examinations board took the decision because the integrity of the exam could not be guaranteed after papers were widely shared online.

The Malawi School Certificate of Education exams are held in June but were postponed after schools abruptly closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pupils started their exams on 27 October and were due to finish in mid-November.

The exams have been rescheduled for March. The fresh exams are expected to cost the government about 4.5 billion kwacha (about $5.8 million).



Upcoming AACRAO Events

Crises as Catalysts for Transformation

Fall 2020 | virtual conference

Join us this fall for a virtual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference - Crises as Catalysts for Transformation: 2020’s Impact on Higher Education and Enrollment.

This three day, virtual conference will feature models for adapting to change, meeting challenges, and planning strategically post-pandemic.

Explore the SEM Conference
SEM_2020_1440x400 update

106th AACRAO Annual Meeting

March 28 - 31, 2021 | National Harbor, MD

AACRAO’s Annual Meeting is our largest convening of higher education professionals from around the world. Join more than 2,000 administrators in person or online as we work to address the issues facing today’s campuses, share goals and guidelines for meeting those challenges, and provide a forum for learning and sharing experiences.

Explore the Annual Meeting