By: Thula Chisamba
Teachers in Mzuzu have confided to The Malawi Star that they are yet to get their allowances from Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB), after facilitating national exams in the country.
Some of the complaining teachers stated that they facilitated Primary school leaving with certificate examinations (PSLCE) about two months ago, but have heard nothing from the exam body, regarding their allowances.
“On my part, I oversaw Junior Certificate examinations in June but until today, I’m not hearing anything from them. In fact it was the same case last year, I don’t know what’s up with MANEB,” remarked one teacher who asked to remain anonymous.
As if this isn’t enough, some sources close to the exam body claim that such teachers must exercise patience because they will not get their money soon.
According to a source in the accounts department, MANEB has no money to settle the balances its owes examination proctors.
“We are waiting for money from our sources. As of now, teachers must wait in patience because we don’t have enough money to give them,” said the source.
The revelation has raised uncertainties among educationists in the country who have began suggesting that such financial hiccups may affect the examinations marking process.
Malawian human rights defender and Director of the Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC), Benedicto Kondowe, told our reporter that MANEB must come out in the open to tell Malawians the truth on the current state of affairs.
“If that is true, we expect MANEB to come out [in the] open and tell the public what’s going on. This is very unfortunate to our education,” said Kondowe.
Despite several attempts to hear from MANEB’s publicist, Simeon Maganga, efforts proved futile as his phone couldn’t be reached before publishing this article.