By Kenson McCloud
Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has condemned some schools for publicizing grades obtained by individuals in the national examinations.
According to Maneb executive director, Dorothy Nampota, publicizing the results without the candidate’s consent is unethical and has caused loss of self-esteem in some candidates and members of their family.
Nampota stressed that grades obtained in the national examinations by individuals are confidential hence should not be shared to the public.
The board has since warned all secondary schools to refrain from the malpractice, warning those found breaching the ethics will be subjected to stiff penalties.
Meanwhile, one of the psychology experts in the country, Patience Chimwaza, has concurred with the board’s stance saying the tendency may contribute to rising cases of depression and suicide.
Chimwaza is of the view that one’s failure in examinations is not a reflection of the person’s intelligence.
However, Chimwaza pleaded with the parent’s to be supportive towards students who have not done well in the recent examinations.