This can be a nerve-wracking time of year for students around the world as they await their exam results. There were celebrations at Ganet’s Adventure School when the Primary School Leaving Certificate results were published, as eleven out of twelve learners passed the exams, well ahead of the national pass rate of 79%.
Getting into a government secondary school can be lottery even for those who pass their exams, due to a shortage of places and an inconsistent selection process. Frustratingly, this year none of the school’s Standard 8 learners were accepted into government secondary schools for the September term, though they have been promised a chance to apply to start in the January intake instead. The other option for parents who can afford it is to go to a private secondary school – six of the school’s Standard 8 class took entrance exams for and are now going to the Anglican secondary school in Nkhotakota. Nationally only around 38% of those who pass their PSLCEs will be offered a government secondary school place.
There is an in-depth analysis of the national exam results over on the Malawi Observer.