MANEB handed over some computers to District Education Offices through the Minister of Education, Honourable Agness Nyalonje. The handover ceremony of the computers to the Honourable Minister took place on 23rd July 2020 at MANEB Headquarters in Zomba and was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Education, Honourable Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima MP, officials from the Ministry of Education and MANEB members of staff.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, MANEB Executive Director, Mr Gerald Chiunda explained the computers which he was handing over to DEM’s offices had been donated to MANEB by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to support e-registration and e-payment of examination fees which is to be trial tested for 2021 examinations in two education districts . He further explained that the e-platform system will be integrated with financial institutions and, if fully utilized, it would help address the problem of misappropriation of examination fees by school administrators since it will allow candidates or their guardians to register for examinations on line and make direct payment of examination fees into MANEB’s account. Additionally, the system will facilitate real time reconciliation of candidates’ data and examination fees ,therefore, increasing MANEB’s efficiency.
The e-registration system will connect DEMs offices with MANEB thereby reducing logistical costs since officers from the DEMs’ offices will no longer be required to travel long distances to MANEB offices to deliver registration data.
On progress made towards implementation of the system, Mr Chiunda informed the Minister that apart from providing the computers MACRA had also provided USSD Code and technical arrangements with service providers such as National Bank of Malawi and TNM were at advanced stage.
Responding to the remarks by MANEB ED, the Honourable Minister underscored Government’s commitment to encouraging the use of ICT in all its operations and, therefore, commended MANEB for embracing ICT in the management of examinations. She thanked MANEB for the computers which would go a long way in alleviating some challenges that DEMs offices encounter in the management of candidates’ data. The Honourable Minister also called upon District Education Offices to take care of the computers in order to reap maximum benefits.