The Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) Examination is the final examination at secondary school level in Malawi. Learners who pass this examination qualify for selection into public and private colleges and universities or get absorbed into the job market.
Candidates who pass this examination are with a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).
Candidates are awarded the MSCE if they satisfy one of the following conditions:
a. Obtain a pass in six subjects, including English, with at least one distinction/credit,
b. Obtaining a pass in five subjects, including English, with at least three distinctions/credits.
These conditions could be satisfied in two ways:
a. Single-Examination Sitting
This is the most common way of obtaining a certificate. Here, a candidate satisfies either of the conditions as stated above in a single examination sitting.
Such certificates are automatically produced for all successful candidates for free.
b. Multiple-Examination Sitting
This occurs when a candidate fails to satisfy either of the conditions stated above in a single examination sitting. In this case, if this candidate manages to satisfy either of the conditions as stated above in not more than four consecutive examination sittings, s/he will qualify for the award of certificate.
This is called Certificate by Accumulation since the grades on this type of certificate are accumulated from various examination sittings. The certificate further indicates the year the accumulated grades were obtained.
Candidates falling in this category are required to formally apply to MANEB for production of Certificate by Accumulation by giving all their examination details. Otherwise, such certificates are not produced automatically like one-examination sitting certificates. Production of such certificates is also free.