MANEB deploys online system for efficient exam registration and payment

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The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has rolled out an online system for candidate registration and payment of examination fees in which it has partnered with some ICT service providers and commercial banks in the aim of competently and efficiently managing the two exercises.

Thousands of candidates who will sit for the 2023 Primary School Leaving Certificate, Junior School Leaving Certificate and Malawi School Leaving Certificate can now pay the exam fee through Airtel Money, TNM Mpamba, Mo626 from NBM, eazy bank from NBS and other online banking services offered by FDH Bank plc, Standard Bank and First Capital Bank.

Candidates can register on online portals specially designed for MANEB on computers and smart mobile phones made available in school zones and districts.

Speaking in Lilongwe at the launch of the system on Wednesday, MANEB Executive Director Dorothy Nampota said the manual registration of candidates and payment of fees in Excel was archaic and problematic, causing unwanted incidences in administration. Exams.

“It was tedious and time-consuming work, which led to many errors. Revenue was lost because some school authorities could not pay us the exam fees. There was cost inflation and theft of money from unsuspecting parents, guardians or students.

The new system is the result of our 2017-2021 strategic plan, which encouraged us to embrace technology in exam administration. We wanted to evolve with the changing times and meet the growing demand for improvement and efficiency in the delivery of our services.

Already, we’ve seen some improvements with the new system, having tested it in 19 of the country’s 34 school districts. Most notable is the remittance of the examination fee to us, which is timely,” Nampota said.

In her address, the Deputy Minister of Education, Monica Chang’anamuno, who was the guest of honour, commended MANEB for taking a bold step to change the old way of doing things.

“Once they decided on a plan of action, the progressive leadership of MANEB drew up a plan. Today, we are witnessing the successful implementation of this plan across the country. Such innovative and focused leadership is to be commended.

I would like to underscore my ministry’s commitment to supporting the efforts of the education sectors to digitize their operations in order to achieve excellence and efficiency in service delivery. We are planning more such digitization initiatives in the future,” Chang’anamuno said.

Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary (EQUALS), a project to improve the quality of science and math education in CDSSs, supported MANEB in developing the new system. EQUALS is implemented by the Ministry of Education with financial support from the World Bank.

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