Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Monica Chang’anamuno, commended stakeholders for ensuring that there were no leaks and instances of cheating during the administering this year’s Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) exams.
Chang’anamuno, who inspected the Lilongwe Girls’ Secondary School where students were writing French subjects, said the ministry was pleased that stakeholders including the ministry, the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) and headteachers, once again held credible exams this year.
“The exams went very well. We haven’t had any major challenges and it’s a big step for us as a country that we don’t have any more leaks,” she said.
The Deputy Minister added that the government is particularly pleased that more than 99.9% of the registered students presented themselves for the exams and that the majority of them took optional subjects such as French.
Chang’anamuno said optional subjects should not be considered inferior to core subjects, stressing that they provide a variety of benefits to students and are an important part of secondary education.
She added that electives introduce students to new fields and possible career choices.
“For example, clothing and textiles can prepare students for an advanced course in design. These skill-related subjects will also help students build their own viable businesses in the future,” she said.
In addition to French, the other optional subjects are technical drawing, carpentry, home economics, clothing and textiles.
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