The 2022 Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC), administered from the 13th to 15th of July, have been one of the rarest, for closer to two decades, going without cheating incidences.
The country has been witnessing massive examination leakages since 2000s.
The first massive one occuring during the President Bakili Muluzi regime and then Bingu Wa Mutharika also presided over a serious leakage while recently during the Peter Mutharika administration pockets of examination cheating have also been common at all levels.
However, this year according to sources from both Malawi Examination Board (MANEB) and the Malawi Police service no single incident has been recorded for the PSLC and for Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) which started Tuesday, August 2.
Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje on Tuesday was at Kamuzu Palace Community Day Secondary School to appreciate the start of JCE examinations.
The Minister then disclosed that the current administration is devising stringent measures to decisively deal with factors that have lately contributed to the lowering of standards of education in Malawi.
NyaLonje said some of the measures have already started bearing fruits, citing the end to examination leakage, which were the order of the day during both the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regimes.
Nyalonje said President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera envisages an education sector that thrives on quality and dedication of both teachers and learners.
“That’s why my ministry and MANEB are working closely together to ensure security of the examinations. As education sector, we have assured security of the examinations all round,” she said.
NyaLonje vowed that there would be no cases of ‘stealing of examination papers’ going forward.
“But if there are, we are ready to deal with it,” she assured.
During the UDF and DPP administrations, examination papers were being offered for sale on the public markets. In November 2007, for instance, education authorities were forced to nullify the results of examinations sat by 80, 000 students after it emerged that copies of the papers were leaked and sold beforehand to some pupils.
The examinations, which were printed in South Africa under tight security, were leaked in Malawi when they were delivered and sold on the streets days before students, under the watchful eye of police.
Officials at MANEB denied that copies were leaked, yet dozens of people were arrested while selling the exam papers.
In 2000, similar examinations were cancelled when some papers were leaked and sold on the streets, forcing the then president Bakili Muluzi to fire MANEB Chief Executive Meria Nowa-Phiri.
And in a recent scenario, President Chakwera was forced to fire MANEB Executive Director Gerald Chiunda following a leakage of the examination papers.
Chiunda was later arrested for alleged involvement in the leakage. The matter is still in court.