The Malawi National Examinations Board, MANEB, has stressed need for headteachers’ to release identity cards for candidates that paid examination fees and allow them sit for examinations.
The development comes as the board is to start administering the Malawi School Certificate of Education, MSCE, examinations on Thursday, 21st June.
MANEB through its Executive Director, Gerald Axel Chiunda, has noted with concern that some headteachers are holding identity cards from students who have fees balances.
Chiunda said students are being told that they will not sit for the examinations which commence tomorrow.
The board has explained the importance of school fees as it facilitate management of the school and illustrated that if examination fees which facilitate proper conduct of examinations is paid, no student is to miss examinations.
MANEB has with this reason advised headteachers to know the difference between the two and have been told to liaise with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for proper guidance.
This will help the concerned candidates and the school to amicably resolve the school fees issue.
At least 209, 000 students are expected to sit for the 2018 MSCE examinations.