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Hold religious exam a week earlier or later to help students

Monday, November 9th, 2020
This file pic dated Nov 5, 2019 show SMK Bukit Jalil principal wishing students ahead of their SPM examinations. -NSTP/SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI (pic taken before Covid-19).This file pic dated Nov 5, 2019 show SMK Bukit Jalil principal wishing students ahead of their SPM examinations. -NSTP/SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI (pic taken before Covid-19).

LETTER: I write on behalf of students, parents and teachers regarding the SPM Bible Knowledge paper.

In the last SPM 2020 schedule, before the postponement, the Bible knowledge paper was to be held in the afternoon on the same day as Mathematics Paper One and Paper Two which was to be held in the morning.

I found this scheduling inappropriate as it placed unnecessary stress on the students.

One can only imagine the psychological state of the students who have to sit for a totally different paper in the afternoon after sitting for two mentally exhausting papers in the morning.

I believe that psychological factors were not taken into consideration when the examination papers were scheduled.

It is detrimental to cramp examination papers together to save time and money or for whatever reasons the examination board had in mind.

It is better to schedule the religious papers – Islamic Studies and Bible Knowledge – at least a week earlier or a week later to reflect the importance this country holds for religious education and to encourage students to take religious studies seriously.

It is these religious studies that will help students make important decisions later in life.

I, therefore, urge the authorities concerned to take these factors into consideration when preparing the new SPM schedule for the 2020 exam to be held starting on the 22nd of February next year.


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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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Govt urged to confirm SPM dates

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Hoping for the best: Friends from SMK Taman Sri Muda Shah Alam who live in the same neighbourhood (from left) Nurul Aleeya Nadira Roslan, 16, Nathanael Eliezer Chin, 17, S. Padmaullashini, 17, and Nurliana Mohd Aris, 16, studying together with their teacher Noorzihan Samah (online) at Aleeya’s house. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Anxious parents and jittery students are urging the government to nail down the dates for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examinations as they are worried the recent rise in Covid-19 cases could result in a further delay.

Stakeholders are hoping that the SPM exams will start on Jan 6 as scheduled, even as many schools are closed and students have returned to online studies with more states being placed under the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The written SPM examination was initially scheduled for Nov 16 to Dec 7 but was postponed to Jan 6 till Feb 9 next year due to the pandemic.

The uncertainty is causing students distress, said Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh.

“We need to do all we can to facilitate their progress (into tertiary education), ” he told The Star.He added that if other international bodies could conduct their GSCE O and A Levels examinations, Malaysia should also be able to do so in the interest of the students.

If the examinations are held as scheduled, the Education Ministry should come up with a strategy together with the National Security Council (MKN), said National Association of Private Educational Institutions president Assoc Prof Elajsolan Mohan.

“This would help to clear the anxiety among parents and more importantly the students who need to concentrate on their preparations for the exams, ” he said, adding that SPM should not be postponed further.

“Our school principals are already in a dilemma, hoping there would be no change in the dates, ” he said, adding that they would heed any instruction from the authorities regarding the examination dates.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said a clear standard operating procedure (SOP) for the SPM exams during the pandemic was needed, should the current rise of Covid-19 cases persist.

“The most important national exam to be held during a pandemic must be tested out carefully and urgently, and the best time to test it out is during the trials where adjustments can still be made.

“Unfortunately, even the SPM trials are on hold due to the conditional movement control order and school administrators are scrambling to find the best way to conduct the trials, ” she added.

She also said postponing the exams would have “a massive domino effect moving forward” as matriculation, pre-university courses and Form Six intakes would be affected.

Parents and students are also concerned about missing out on lessons in school and some are relying on tuition centres, she said.

Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin said parents did not want further delays to the SPM exams and many were concerned as online learning had not been too effective.

“There is no clear direction from the ministry on this matter. SPM may not be carried out if certain areas and states are going to still be under CMCO, ” said Mak.

National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Harry Tan said teachers were in a difficult position as they had to deliberate between their student’s future and their safety.

“One thing is certain, teachers will always place the interest of the students under their care as their utmost priority.

“If the students fall behind, rest assured that the teachers will do their level best for their students to catch up

“However, in facing the pandemic, teachers will abide by the orders by the authorities, ” he said.

S. Sri Murugan, an English language teacher in a secondary school in Subang Jaya, said everything was “a blur”.

If everyone adheres to the SOP and guidelines strictly, he is optimistic Form Five students will be able to sit for their exams on time, but he said he wouldn’t be surprised if SPM was postponed.

He questioned the logistics of how the SPM exams would be conducted.

“Are teachers going to move around to invigilate the exams or will schools handle the SPM exams with their own teachers?

“I hope that school reopens with Form Five students being given the priority of attending school as it is their final leg.

“Allow them to complete their trials and go through the last rounds of revision before school ends, ” he said.

The Education Ministry said it was not commenting on this matter for the time being.

When schools began closing following the rise in Covid-19 cases, the Education Ministry released a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for schools with positive cases, those in areas under the conditional MCO and those in red zones with infections within the community. The FAQs, released on Oct 14, stated that trial examinations can be postponed to a suitable date.


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Education Ministry urged to immediately reveal SOP for upcoming SPM

Friday, October 30th, 2020
The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination for 2020 is expected to kick-off on Jan 6, 2021. - BERNAMA pic The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination for 2020 is expected to kick-off on Jan 6, 2021. – BERNAMA pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry (MoE) has been urged to immediately disclose the standard operating procedures (SOP) for conducting Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

The annual national examination for 2020 will kick-off on Jan 6, 2021.

“Once again, at this current juncture, many schools are forced to close due to the Covid-19 Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“But what will happen if the situation persists come Jan 2021 ?

“The Ministry of Education (MoE) has been rather silent on this.

“Is there a plan?” asked Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) honourary-secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra.

“The (SOPs for the) most important national examinations to be held during the time of a pandemic must be tested out carefully and urgently.

“The best time to test it out is during the SPM trial (examination), when adjustments can still be made,” she said in a statement here, today.

Tunku Munawirah said, however, that even SPM trials in some schools are on hold due to the CMCO, and that school administrators are scrambling to find the best way to conduct the annual trial examinations.

“We need to learn to live with Covid-19, and we need to adhere to stringent SOPs to reduce or ultimately prevent transmission of this menacing disease.

“We are aware of much of the mechanics of its transmission and we know that proper mask wearing, (good) hygiene and strict physical distancing through effective crowd control are steps needed to be able to control and contain its spread,” she added.

Tunku Munawirah said SOPs have already been set up and tested by ongoing international examinations – the A Levels, O Levels and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

“It would serve the MoE well to look into the SOPs that are being practiced at international schools and exam centres such as the Cempaka School Cheras and the Sri Emas International School as model example SOPs.

“They would most likely have the highest number of students taking the tests at this moment,” she said.

Tunku Munawirah said the SOPs must be made known as soon as possible so that schools can make the necessary preparations.

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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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SPM Repeat results out on Oct 19

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The results for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Ulangan (SPMU) examination for this year will be released on Oct 19.

The Education Ministry in a statement today informed that candidates who sat for the SPM repeat exam will get the results by post or can obtain the result slips at the State Education Department where the candidate registered to sit for the examination.

“Checking the results can also be done using the mySMS 15888 service by typing SPMUNoKPAngkaGiliran and SMS to 15888.

“This service will be activated at 10 am (on Oct 19) and will be terminated at 6 pm (on Oct 26),” according to the statement.

The Education Ministry informed that checking the results can also be done through the Examination Board portal at

A total of 6,301 candidates registered to sit for the SPM repeat examination this year at 193 examination centres nationwide and 1,445 staff were appointed to ensure the examination runs smoothly.

The three subjects offered in the SPMU examination are Bahasa Melayu, History and Mathematics.

by Bernama.

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SPM Masterclass to give students an edge in their SPM

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

THE Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the education system this year with many schools scrambling to cover the year’s curriculum via online channels to ensure that students will not be disadvantaged when they sit for their year-end examinations.

Even more so are the ones preparing for the SPM examinations as the results will forever impact their career choices. The one big lesson learned is that many now realise that physical limitation should not be a reason to hold them back from accessing quality education.

SPM is a once-in-a-lifetime hurdle most Form 5 students have to overcome. So for those who aim to make the best out of their efforts in Form 4 and Form 5 should not miss out and register for the first nation-wide online SPM Masterclass to be held this November.

Uni Enrol, in partnership with See Hua Daily News/ The Borneo Post / Utusan Borneo, is launching the inaugural SPM Masterclass for students taking the upcoming SPM in January 2021. It is designed for students to access the best teachers with the best techniques and insights so they can better prepare for the examinations.

Subjects covered

There are three packages, namely Essential Package, Science and Accounting Package and All-in-Package. The first two packages are priced at RM250 while the third package is offered at RM300. The price offer is limited to the first 1,000 sign-ups.

The Essential Package covers Bahasa Malaysia (BM), English, Sejarah and Mathematics (Maths) while the Science and Accounting one covers Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Accounting. The All-in-Package covers all eight subjects.

Classes start from Nov 6 to Nov 29 and are held online every weekend. The schedule is Nov 7 for BM, Nov 6 or 8 (Physics), Nov 14 (English), Nov 13 or 15 (Chemistry), Nov 21 (Maths), Nov 20 or 22 (Biology), Nov 28 (Sejarah) and Nov 27 or 29 (Accounting).

Essential classes are paired with science and accounting classes on the same weekend so it will not be too hectic for students. For Science and Accounting subjects, students have the option to attend the Friday or Sunday classes (repeat class). The lessons will be conducted in BM or English depending on the subjects and each class has a duration of four to six hours starting from 10am.

Students will receive printed class materials and digital copies before the classes. Printed materials will be couriered before the first class starts.

Experienced teachers

Teachers for the SPM Masterclass have been carefully recruited. Each educator has easily more than 10 years of specialising in their subject matter and are actively involved in many high-level activities appointed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). These activities include training of teachers at the district and state level, contributing to the development of the subject syllabus and providing hundreds of answering technique workshops and exam forecasting for thousands of students.

These are award-winning teachers with majority accorded with the title of Tokoh Guru and Guru Cemerlang by MOE for their contributions to the education landscape of Malaysia.

With their deep understanding of the syllabus and exam schemes, over the years they have also developed their own techniques and strategies to tackle the examinations. They have a long-standing track record of helping countless students in their careers to achieve top scores in the SPM examinations.

Meanwhile, Uni Enrol is offering over 30 lucky draw prizes weekly to those who follow the scholarship matching platform’s social media at or

Grand prizes such as an iPad 32GB, a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a G-Shock watch will also be in the running to win for students who registered for the SPM Masterclasses.

For more details about the event and how to register is available at or call 03-5613 7225 from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 6.00pm.

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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.

By Teoh Pei Ying.

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