MANEB Urges French Teachers to Exercise Professionalism During Exams

By Twink Jones Gadama

As the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) gears up for this year’s French exams for both the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE), the board has issued a stern warning to French teachers to uphold professionalism during the examination process.

Mr. Kadzitche, the subject development officer at MANEB, emphasized the need for French teachers to refrain from administering exams while under the influence of alcohol. Speaking at the French standardization event for teachers in Chichiri, Blantyre, Mr. Kadzitche warned that any teacher found to be drunk while administering exams would tarnish the reputation of the subject and face consequences.

“Let us refrain from going to the centres while drunk. Should you go to the centre under the influence of alcohol you are putting the subject in disrepute and you will not be allowed to administer the paper,” Kadzitche said firmly.

MANEB has been conducting French standardization sessions across the country, starting from the north and center and now concluding in the south. French teachers from all schools offering French as a subject following the local syllabus have been participating in these sessions to ensure standardized exam procedures.

In addition to emphasizing professionalism, French teachers also raised concerns about the timely provision of stipends by MANEB to assist them during the national examination period. The teachers highlighted the importance of these stipends in helping them cover expenses during the examination period.

According to a survey conducted by our publication, there has been an observed increase in the number of schools offering French as a subject compared to previous years, when the number of schools offering French had decreased. This indicates a growing interest in French language education among students in Malawi.

With the JCE exams scheduled to roll out in June and the MSCE exams in July, French teachers are gearing up for the examination period with a renewed focus on professionalism and adherence to exam standards. The success of students in these exams relies not only on their preparation but also on the diligence and integrity of the teachers administering the exams.

As the education sector in Malawi continues to evolve, it is essential for teachers to uphold high standards of professionalism and dedication to ensure that students receive a quality education. MANEB’s call for French teachers to exercise professionalism during the upcoming exams is a reminder of the responsibility that educators hold in shaping the future of the next generation.