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Exams for Form 5, Form 6 students postponed yet again

Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Public examinations for Form Five and Six students have been postponed yet again. - NSTP file pic

Public examinations for Form Five and Six students have been postponed yet again. – NSTP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Public examinations for Form Five and Six students have been postponed yet again.

The Education Ministry has decided to move the dates for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) to Feb 22, 2021; while Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) will now be held on March 8, 2021.

Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin, in a live press conference today, said further details of the postponement and the examinations will be released soon.

“To help 2020 examination candidates make enough preparations, the Education Ministry has decided that they will continue face-to-face learning beginning Jan 20, 2021 in their respective schools.

“This decision also applies to private schools and any educational institution registered under the ministry. Institutions that are not registered under the ministry are also urged to follow these recommendations,” he said.

In June, the ministry had announced that SPM exams would be held from Jan 6 to Feb 9, 2021.

Meanwhile, Radzi said that the rescheduling of exams will not affect student entry to public tertiary institutions via the Central University Admission Unit online portal (UPUonline).

He also said students in Education Ministry matriculation programmes and Teacher Education Institutes (IPG) will continue online learning until Dec 31.

“Matriculation students will return to college and continue their programmes on Jan 4, 2021.

“The Malaysian University English Test (MUET) for matriculation students scheduled for Dec 8 to 19 will be postponed to next year.

“IPG students will return to campus on Jan 17, 2021.”

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Education Minister: Schools to be closed until Dec 17, the last day of school year (Updated)

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

PUTRAJAYA: All schools will be closed until Dec 17, the last day of the school year, says Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin.

The Education Minister says the closures will start Monday (Nov 9) and will also include vocational colleges under the ministry.

“Schools that fall under category B will be closed until Dec 18,” he added.

“Throughout this period, school administrators have to ensure that home-based learning continues and that teachers remain at their stations, ” he said at a press conference on Sunday (Nov 8).

Mohd Radzi added that the closure involves five million students and 500,000 teachers.

For residential school students, he advised parents to bring their children home.

“Students who continue to stay in the hostel while waiting for their parents will be under the care of the school’s warden.”

The school year will begin on Jan 20 2021, he said, with all primary school pupils starting face-to-face lessons on the same day.

“Forms One, Four, Five, Six and vocational college students too will start face-to-face lessons on the same day. However, Form Two and Three students will continue with home-based learning. They will return to face-to-face lessons on March 8, ” he said.


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Ministry mulls placing SPM, STPM students in Sabah at hostels

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Senior Minister (Education) Dr Radzi Jidin speaking during a press conference after chairing an online meeting with the State Education Department and the District Education Office under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) today. – Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA (Oct 20): The Education Ministry (MOE) is considering sending Sabah students, sitting for examinations, whose schools have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic to hostels, said Senior Minister (Education) Dr Radzi Jidin.

This is because parents in Sabah want their children sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations to undergo face-to-face learning sessions with teachers, he said.

“This follows a proposal from parents in the state,” he told a press conference here today after chairing an online meeting with the State Education Department and the District Education Office under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

According to him, although students living in hostels in Sabah have been allowed to return to their homes following the implementation of the CMCO, but most parents wanted them to stay in the hostel because it was conducive and safer.

He said limited access to the internet as well as the lack of devices to conduct online learning were also a constraint factor for students, especially for those in rural and remote areas.

“However, teachers have done their best by providing modules for students who do not have internet facilities and devices, especially for those sitting for exams to enable them to revise at home,” he said.

Regarding the closure of schools, Radzi said the matter was made on the advice of the Health Ministry  on the Covid-19 infection situation in an area.

“We will abide by the MOH’s instructions and for now, the closure of schools are in the red zone areas which have infections within the community and schools which have recorded positive Covid-19 cases,” he said

For now, he said, 2,601 schools registered with the MOE were temporarily closed due to Covid-19 involving 1.67 million students.

The government announced the enforcement of CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya effective from Oct 14-27. CMCO was also implemented throughout Sabah from Oct 13-26.

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Most students happy with dates set by Education Ministry

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Candidates for major school examinations are happy with the new dates (see chart) given by the Education Ministry.

Form Five student Nura Hanesa Haslimi of SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur, now just wants to focus on sitting for SPM and finishing secondary school.

“I prefer the SPM to be held in January rather than February or March even though it means sacrificing my year-end holidays (for revision) and the New Year celebration.”

Worried that a delay in the exam could mean a later start to her tertiary education, Nura Hanesa was confident that students would have enough time to prepare.

A Form Five student from Selangor who declined to be named also preferred SPM to be held in January even though the new dates were “too near the school holidays”.

“Although online classes held during the movement control order (MCO) are helpful, it is not as effective as face-to-face learning.

“So having the exams in January gives us enough time to study and prepare, ” she said, adding that she was grateful to teachers who worked tirelessly to ensure their students’ academic progress and well-being.

Although she would have liked more time for revision, Form Five student Sudeepta Suresh Kumar from SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 does not want the ministry to delay the exam dates anymore as it will affect her college admission.

“I’d rather sit for the exam in January than to push it any further. We’ve already wasted nearly three months during the MCO.”

Another Form Five student who wanted to be identified as Nairobi, was glad the ministry finally announced the exam dates.

He hoped students would be able to complete the syllabus and revision in time.

“Conducting exams later would cause problems such as space issues for other students.”

Form Five student Jasmine Loh Velu from SMP (P) Methodist, Ipoh, said she was in no rush to sit for SPM.

“It is too near the holidays, which seems rather unfair to both students and teachers. I would love the extra time to catch up on all that I’ve missed during the lockdown instead of rushing through it, ” she said.

A teacher from Selangor said it would be best if exams were held earlier. Otherwise, the new batch of 2021 students and their teachers would have to start school later.

“Teachers welcome the move but please don’t keep us in the dark.

“Unless the ministry decides to start the 2021 schedule for the other secondary school students in March, I don’t think teachers who have to mark exam papers at the same time will be able to cope with next year’s classes, ” he said, warning that senior teachers could opt for early retirement due to the added stress and pressure of working non-stop.

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SPM, STPM, STAM exams postponed to 2021

Sunday, June 28th, 2020
The Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021.  -NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAHThe Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021. -NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

KUALA LUMPUR: Candidates sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia will have more time to revise for their respective examinations.

The Education Ministry (MoE) has postponed the respective annual examinations to the first week of 2021.

In a statement today, MoE said Form Five students will sit for the SPM examination from Jan 6 to Feb 9 next year.

The examination was supposed to be held from Nov 16 to Dec 7 in 2020, but the Government had decided to postpone the examinations due to Covid-19 pandemic.

MoE said the postponement was to provide students ample time to study and prepare for the examinations.

“As the SPM examination for 2020 is scheduled to begin in the first week of 2021, the MoE has taken into account the need to reorganise logistics for the examination.

“This includes fixing the start date for the 2021 school session which will be announced soon,” MoE said.

The new STPM examination dates for Semester 2 and Semester 3 students, which were scheduled for November had also been postponed to Aug 12-18 (Semester 2) and March 1-9 (Semester 3) next year.

STAM which was to be held in October this year, will now be held from Feb 17-25, 2021, while the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia exams scheduled for May (Session 1) and October (Session 2) this year have also been moved to August 2020 and January and May 2021 respectively.

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SPM, STPM takers say ‘yes’ to shorter school holidays

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Students, mainly those sitting for the SPM and STPM examinations, have given their thumbs up to the change in this year’s academic calendar, saying it has “more pros than cons”.

The reason for this from most Forms Five and Six students was that they would get more time to revise their studies.

A Form Six student in Melaka, who wanted to be known as Yee, said he anticipated the changes due to the movement control order (MCO).

“It will help us regain the school days we missed over three months due to the MCO.

“As an STPM candidate, the extra days will be helpful as lessons are more effective in the classroom,” said the Kolej Tun Fatimah student.

The Education Ministry announced yesterday that the mid-semester school holidays for Semester Two will now be from Aug 20 to Aug 28 while the year-end holidays will be from Dec 18 to Dec 31, depending on the state.

The year-end holidays for schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu were reduced from 42 days to 14, while schools in Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya will have a 13-day break, the ministry statement said.

It added that the 2020 School Academic Calendar was amended to assist schools in planning the teaching and learning process.

The total number of days students will physically be in school will now be 168 days for all schools, it added.

Another Sixth Former, John Lee, said he could not concentrate on his studies and tests properly during the various stages of the MCO since its implementation on March 18.

While studying online was the new norm, “it is not the best learning mechanism for me”.

Form Five student Nur Farah Ali said the new academic calendar would benefit her in her preparation for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

One of her biggest challenges studying from home was her inability to clarify topics with her teachers and friends quickly, she added.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim commended the move, as time was lost during the MCO period.“Many students have not experienced academic learning as teachers were not able to connect with them during the MCO. Now is the ideal time to catch up and make up for this lost time.

“In fact, teaching should have continued during the two week mid-term holidays in June as learning prior to that had been light and unchallenging,” she added.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan said the union was not consulted on details of the academic calendar.

He said that while the union believed the ministry had taken into account the interests of all parties when the calendar was drawn up, it hoped that the shorter year-end holidays would not create “other unnecessary problems”.

“My worry is the floods that often occur at the end of the year, putting many families in a difficult situation. This is why we reserve the year-end for holidays,” he added.


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Ensure students treated fairly

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

PARENTS are worried that the cancellation of the Semester 2 of the Matriculation Programme Examinations (PSPM) will affect STPM students’ chances of pursuing courses like medicine, engineering, accounting and other Science-based programmes.

The cancellation will affect the chances of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) students looking to get into these critical study programmes, said Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin, as there will be two sets of students competing for a place in the application of public university’s 2020/2021 intake.

“The 2019 STPM students must take three centralised examinations to pursue studies in public universities. The same batch of matriculation students have to sit for two.

“They’ve already sat for one exam but the other is being cancelled and replaced with only assessments and internal markings.

“This means that the PSPM students would only have sat for one centralised exam compared to the three STPM students would have to sit for,” he said.

Pointing out that the two different qualifying systems have resulted in an uneven playing field, he said the percentage of matriculation students given good courses and good universities has always been higher compared to STPM students.

Mak was commenting on the Education Ministry’s decision to cancel Semester 2 of the PSPM in light of the extended management control order (MCO).

The ministry said it decided to cancel the exam for the 2019/2020 session scheduled from April 27 to May 4 to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Aware that the results of PSPM would be used to apply for the 2020/2021 session intake in public universities, the ministry said results for Semester 2 examinations will be replaced by continuous assessments that have been carried out throughout the semester.

“This means that students’ final results will be calculated based on the combination of results from Semester 1 and assessments from Semester 2,” the ministry said in a recent statement. It added that the matriculation programme for session 2019/2020 ended on April 11.

Mak questioned if the matriculation students who were supposed to sit for the exam would be evaluated fairly in their assessments.

“Can it be guaranteed that the assessment of matriculation students will be done fairly?

“This is important as the students would not be sitting for the second exam.

“We must be just to the STPM students. Some of them even re-took papers to get better grades,” he said, adding that matriculation students also tend to get higher co-curricular marks – an important factor when applying to universities – compared to STPM students.

This, he said, is because matriculation students are marked at national level, whereas STPM students go through a district, state and national level marking system.

Hoping that some leeway could be given to STPM students, he said the ministry should allocate more seats for STPM holders with grades CGPA 3.9 and above.

“The universities should have qualifying tests for students to ensure that only those who are really qualified are eligible to secure a spot, irrespective of whether they came from the matriculation or STPM route.”

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, however, said the ministry’s decision was a fair approach.

“It is favourable for students who have been consistent in their work. It encourages consistency and penalises last minute work,” she said.

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PT3 and UPSR cancelled, SPM postponed (updated)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Form Three assessment (PT3) and UPSR 2020 examinations have been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination this year will also be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“The cancellation of the UPSR exams will not affect students’ assessment of their level of primary education as the assessments can be done in different ways, ” he said in a live address on RTM on Wednesday (April 15).

The UPSR results are commonly used as selection criteria for admission into boarding schools, religious secondary schools (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama), Mara Junior Science Colleges and the Royal Military College.

The ministry will therefore, he said, introduce a new assessment method that is not just focused on academic performance.

“The PT3 exam cancellation too will not affect students’ level assessment at the lower secondary level and a new assessment method will also be introduced.

“The results obtained from this method will be one of the selection criteria for admission to schools like boarding schools and technical schools, ” he said.

These results, he said, will apply to all government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and any educational institutions registered with the ministry.

Schools that are not registered with the ministry are encouraged to use the results as well.

The second-semester examination of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will now be in August 2020, he said, while the third-semester examination will be in the first quarter of 2021.

He also said the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“We will ensure that under any circumstances, student access to teaching and learning will remain a priority, ” he added.

Noting that the delayed examinations will affect admission into higher education institutions, Radzi said the ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have agreed to postpone the admission dates for foundation, matriculation and diploma programmes to either July or August 2021, while degree programmes will be postponed to either September or October 2021.

On the reopening of schools, he said a decision will be made when the government is certain the situation is better.

“At this stage, reopening schools will only involve those sitting for public examinations, such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and international equivalents.

“We will announce the dates of the reopening of schools at least two weeks in advance, ” he said.


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Exam dates rescheduled

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the movement control order until April 14.

For the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam dates, the written portion will now be conducted in one phase from Nov 16 to Dec 7.

Originally, the first phase was to start from Oct 5-14 while the second phase was from Nov 2-19.

The Form Three Assessment (PT3) which is scheduled for Sept 28 to Oct 6 will see the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language papers held on Sept 28 and Sept 29 respectively.

However, the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination dates remained unchanged, said the ministry in a statement.

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Semester 2 examination which was initially scheduled for early May has been postponed to Nov 18,19,23 and 24 while the Semester 3 examination will take place as scheduled on Nov 3,4, 5,9 and 10.

The Semester 2 examination was rescheduled to give ample time for schools to manage the remaining second semester.

Separately, all public institutions of higher education (IPTA) must begin the second semester for the current academic year between April 27 and June 1.

The Higher Education Ministry said the decision was made following the extension of the MCO.

“The decision was made after an in-depth discussion with representatives from all IPTAs and private higher education institutions (IPTS) and taking into consideration several factors, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry said among the factors were the latest MCO period and directives regarding Covid-19, students’ safety and welfare, and the Hari Raya holidays which would start on May 24.

The ministry added that it had considered the readiness of higher education institutions to implement teaching and learning using a variety of methods, including online learning, and also the need to end the current semester and begin the new 2020/2021 academic year.

“The first semester of the new academic year is expected to begin in mid-October 2020, ” it said, adding that IPTS were free to choose their own dates based on their own academic calendars and taking into account the above factors.

“Based on this, IPTAs need to manage the return of their students to the campus and take into account the above factors.”

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STPM 2019: Pencapaian SMK Muhibbah meningkat

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

SANDAKAN: Pencapaian SMK Muhibbah dalam peperiksaan Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) bagi tahun 2019 meningkat berbanding dengan tahun 2018.

Ia berikutan keputusan STPM tahun lepas menyaksikan 100 peratus kelulusan dan seorang pelajarnya telah mendapat Purata Nilai Gred Kumulatif (PNGK) 4.00 manakala tiga lagi pelajar mendapat PNGK 3.92.

Sementara 23 pelajar juga turut mendapat PNGK 3.00 dan ke atas.

Dalam pada itu, Gred Purata Sekolah (GPS) STPM 2019 meningkat 0.02 berbanding GPS STPM 2018. SMK Muhibbah tersenarai dalam kategori ke – 3 bagi bilangan calon 100 dan ke atas dalam senarai 10 sekolah terbaik di Sabah.

Pencapaian SMK Muhibbah ini diumumkan pada satu Majlis Penyampaian Keputusan STPM 2019 yang telah diadakan di Dewan Terbuka sekolah itu, kelmarin.

Sementara itu, Kolej Tingkatan 6 Datuk Pengiran Galpam Sandakan sekali lagi mencatat sejarah kecemerlangan dalam keputusan STPM 2019 yang diumumkan kelmarin.

GPS menunjukkan sedikit kenaikan sebanyak 0.08 iaitu 2.73 pada tahun 2019 berbanding dengan 2.65 pada tahun 2018.

Peratus lulus keseluruhan pada tahun 2019 adalah sebanyak 98.8 peratus berbanding dengan 99.2 peratus tahun 2018.

Seramai 93 calon daripada 257 calon telah mendapat PNGK sekurang-kurangnya 3.00.

Bilangan tersebut menunjukkan peningkatan seramai 7 orang berbanding dengan tahun 2018 (85 orang). Tiga pelajar aliran Kemanusiaan mencapai keputusan cemerlang dengan pencapaian PNGK 4.00.

Mereka ialah Mohd Alfian Alam, Muhammad Kurniawan Abdul Hamid dan Meharaj Jagubar. Mata pelajaran yang diambil termasuklah Pengajian Am, Sejarah, Geografi dan Ekonomi.

Selain itu, tiga pelajar terbaik Aliran Sains ialah Ko Yu Yun dengan PNGK 3.75 (2A, 1A-, 1B+) dan Alexander Yapp Cheng Hao serta Siew Sui Siong dengan masing-masing memperoleh pencapaian PNGK 3.67 (1A, 2A-, 1B+) dan 3.67 (2A, 2B+).

Pengetua Kolej berkenaan, Haji Hussein Abdul Manaf merakamkan setinggi-tinggi tahniah dan syabas kepada semua calon STPM 2019 kerana telah berjaya memperoleh keputusan yang cemerlang dan tidak dilupa kepada semua pensyarah yang telah bertungkus-lumus dalam membantu pelajar membuat persediaan bagi menghadapi peperiksaan.

“Selaku Kolej Tingkatan 6, pihak kolej telah merangka dan menjalankan pelbagai program bagi memperkasa dan mengukuhkan pemahaman pelajar terhadap silibus yang diajar.

“Antaranya, program Mentor-mentee, Modul Mata Pelajarandan Kolokium Mata Pelajaran. Tanpa komitmen semua pihak termasuk ibu bapa, sudah pasti kecemerlangan pada hari ini tidak dapat dikecapi.

“Oleh itu, pihak kolej mengharapkan agar keputusan pada tahun 2019 menjadi pemangkin untuk kecemerlangan pada masa hadapan,” kata Hussein.


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