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Government U-Turns on JC, Quota System

Government U-Turns on JC, Quota System

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has reinstated the Junior Certificate of Education examinations that were demolished in 2016.

Minister responsible William Susuwele Banda announced that the first examination for JCE will be administered in 2021.

Government Has Acted

Banda said that government has also decided to abolish the quota system for selecting students admited into state tertiary institutions.

“Quota System of selecting students into various colleges and universities is abolished forthwith. However, Government will continue with its affirmative action towards girls and students with disabilities including albinos,” he said.

The Minister further said that government has taken heed of public outcry considering performance of students in schools after the abolishment of the exam.

He admitted that a lot of people had shown discontent when the exams were abolished.

He also noted that students were relaxing as there was no any exam to attest their performance.

Commenting after the development, Education expert Limbani Nsapato hailed government for the move but urged the ministry to further improve education standards and recruit more teachers.

“This is commended. But there is a lot of room for improvement, ” said Nsapato.

Over the years, there have been calls from various quarters asking government to abolish quota system and reintroduce JCE.

The issues of abolishing JC exams and the quota system were also highly politicised with both MCP and UTM emphasising their desire to abolish these once elected into government.

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