MOE Will Not Postpone Major Examinations, Exceptions Only for Students Affected by COVID-19

Published by on Jan 25, 2021, 11:22 am

The Education Ministry (MOE) announced that they will not postpone major examinations such as Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) that was scheduled to begin in February, but will arrange separate sessions for candidates who test positive for Covid-19 or are under mandatory quarantine.

Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim, the education director-general said the affected candidates would be allowed to sit for the examinations only after they recover from the illness or have completed their quarantine period. She also clarified that while the affected students will receive a different set of questions, it will be of the same standard to make it fair for all students.

Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim, the education director-general.

Despite calls to postpone the examinations in view of the risk of Covid-19 infection among teachers and students, Habibah said that the MOE will stick to this year’s planned calendar but with stricter compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines.

In regards to the firm decision, Habibah said, “The SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) has been recognised by Cambridge as equivalent to the O-level. If we make any changes, we will lose its recognition and we don’t want the 2020 candidates to lose that in their certificates which might affect their opportunity to pursue their further studies or join the workforce.”

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