The Deputy Minister of Education, Nancy Chaola Mdoko says vocational skills subjects and additional languages like French are very important in exposing and preparing students for future careers.
She made the statement at Mzuzu Government Secondary School on a tour of checking how the 2023 Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) which started on Tuesday, 30th May were winding up.
She said candidates were sitting for vocational skills subjects namely Technical Drawing, Clothing and Textiles, Home Economics, Woodwork and Metalwork as well as French language, all of which are erective (optional) and Mzuzu Government Secondary School offers all these subjects.
She said erective subjects should be given maximum attention just as core subjects adding that these erective subjects provide a variety of benefits to the students and they are an important part of secondary education.
He said the technical subjects will contribute to skills development which is key for the attainment of the Malawi aspired for 2063, a wealthy and self reliant, industrialized upper middle income country.
The Deputy Minister added that erective subjects offer students a way to express themselves in ways that they chose to as they introduce the students to new fields and possible career choices.
Education Division Manager for the North, Jennings Matalabanda Kayira, said swindling funds meant for national examinations is a criminal offence and at the same time an act of misconduct which the Ministry cannot just sit and watch.
Kayira said embezzling students’ examination fees is an act of misconduct in the Malawi Public Service Regulations (MPSR).
He said it is also criminal in nature and that is why a teacher that was involved in such a malpractice in the division was handed over to the police and will appear before the court of law.
As the JCE came to an end on Thursday, 8th June, the Malawi School Certificate Examinations (MSCE) will commence on 27th June, 2023.