Some parents across the country have urged Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) to consider extending the deadline for paying examination fees.
The parents argue that MANEB released the Malawi School Certificate of Education and the Junior Certificate of Education examination results a bit late and coupled with the onset of the rainy season where the focus is now shifted to buying fertilizers it is really a burden to meet the deadline currently set to 16 December 2022.
Ziwolire Ng’ambi a resident of Chiputula in Mzuzu City said MANEB should consider extending the date as it is aware of the pressure parents are facing right now.
“MANEB is not a foreign examination body it is our very own local body run by Malawians who are experienced and conversant with the current economic challenges. The examinations have been released almost back to back and some of us have dependants who need to rewrite the examinations as such we request MANEB to consider extending the deadline,” said Ng’ambi.
Another resident in Chitawira Blantyre, Ackim Somanje, concurs with Ng’ambi on the extension of the deadline.
“December is a tough month as we have a lot happening from education to farming and this is time for the festive season too. Much as education is a priority, we are still lobbying if MANEB can hear our plea to extend the deadline so that we have a breathing space,” said Ng’ambi.
One of the Directors for Easy Pass Private School in Bangwe Blantyre, Hendrix Chimwala, said the number of those who have paid examination fees to date is not tallying with the total registered students.
“Our records indicate that more candidates haven’t sorted their examination fees. This simply means that their guardians are having it tough as such calls for an extension of the deadline is legitimate and we implore on MANEB to take heed so that no one is left behind,” said Chimwala.
MANEB is yet to respond to the concerns.