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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.”

By Hana Naz Harun.

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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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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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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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Blueprint for a new vision is one of shared prosperity

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 was introduced when the government realised Vision 2020 could not be achieved fully, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said when he headed the country for the first time, it was through Vision 2020 that the government then had targeted as the year Malaysia would be considered a developed country.

“However, in the past few years, we realised that the target could not be achieved fully and due to that, we prepared a blueprint known as Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.

“There is a need for that extension as it is the duty of the government to ensure a peaceful and developed country, ” he said in his New Year address.

Dr Mahathir also defended the recent Kuala Lumpur Summit as a necessary platform for international cooperation which would also benefit non-Muslims.

“We may not realise that every time we hold international conferences such as the KL Summit, Malaysia is showing off to the world how we have successfully lived peacefully with all our diversities, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir added that it had never crossed their minds to come up with laws which ostracised people or migrants.

“Even though we have allocations for Bumiputra, it was to ensure their survival and not meant to deny or take away the rights of the others.

“This is why the riches of the nation is not only held by bumiputra but also shared with others and in many other instances, held by other races, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir urged Malaysians to work hard and prepare for global political uncertainty as the turmoil due to the trade war between big powers and quick technological advances were factors that would decide the direction of the world and the country.

“Those who understand these changes have found opportunities for jobs and incomes. Those who do not change will lose their source of livelihood, ” he said, adding that the government would assist those who work to better themselves.

Dr Mahathir also called on Malaysians to put aside their differences and celebrate similarities as well as embrace noble values which were part of the criteria to be a developed nation.

“Values such as being hardworking, being disciplined, cleanliness, tolerance, respect, well-mannered and being big-hearted are what differentiates us from those who are not advanced and backward.

“These values represent all cultures, religions and races, and diversity, ” he said.

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Charting a new era

Saturday, October 12th, 2019
The government, past and present, has come up with great economic policies to move Malaysia to greater heights. – NSTP/Aswadi Alias.

The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030) is Malaysia’s fifth long-term economic plan since independence.

The first long-term economic plan was the First Outline Perspective Plan (OPP1 — 1971 to 1990).

Under OPP1, the New Economic Policy (NEP) was formulated. It was the first attempt by the government to restructure the economy in a fundamental way to address many legacies of British colonialism.

Chief among them was income inequality, which was seen as a main obstacle to national unity and caused a political crisis in the form of the 1969 racial riots.

Under the Second Malaysia Plan (2MP — 1971 to 1975), one of the targets was to achieve a 30 per cent equity ownership for Bumiputeras. The measures taken included state support for Bumiputera business start-ups and development, ethnic quota for jobs in the government and private sectors, as well as contract bidding and procurement for Bumiputera businesses.

How different are the economic strategies this time around?

SPV 2030 has a similar philosophy to NEP, which is to achieve growth with equity.

The second long-term economic plan was the Second Outline Perspective Plan (OPP2 — 1991 to 2000), under which the National Development Policy or NDP (1991 to 2000) was formulated to spur economic development until 2000.

NDP signalled a shift in development strategy as this was the period when Vision 2020 was born. The economy saw its “golden era”, growing at an impressive rate of nine per cent per annum on average.

However, it was also a dark period when the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis hit our shores.

SPV 2030 should employ the right strategies in the next 10 years in order for the economy to face impending crisis.

The Third Outline Perspective Plan (OPP3 — 2001 to 2010) was the third long-term economic plan, under which the National Vision Policy was introduced. It aimed to achieve balanced development and prosperous society.

Under OPP3, strategies to boost the manufacturing and services sectors were drawn up under the Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3), a continuation of the previous two industrial master plans. IMP3 put forth key strategic thrusts, among others, to boost Malaysia as a major trading hub, integrate local companies into global networks, and develop innovative and creative human capital.

In 2008, the economy was impacted by the global financial crisis as gross domestic product and exports contracted.

Thus, SPV 2030 must have specific policies to respond to external shocks.

The fourth long-term economic plan was the National Transformation Policy, in which the New Economic Model was the anchor blueprint.

The aim was to achieve a sustainable and high-income nation by 2020.

While the aim may be similar to SPV 2030, the difference could be in the specific details on how to get there such as the focus on addressing income and wealth inequality.

All in all, there is no doubt that the government, past and present, has come up with great economic policies to move Malaysia to greater heights.

By Dr Irwan Shah Zainal Abidin.

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Dr M: SPV 2030 can correct any mistakes of the past.

Monday, October 7th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The failures and mistakes of the past can be wiped clean with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030), says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister told the Dewan Rakyat that these mistakes were why the New Economic Policy (NEP) and his own Vision 2020 did not achieve their aims.

“We will identify those who get the opportunities (this time) and make use of them.

“We only hope that the people will accept this new policy (SPV 2030) – which is not to provide instant wealth but something more comprehensive and (for the) long-term.

“This will be the way we manage SPV 2030, ” he said in reply to Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa) who asked how the SPV 2030 would overcome weaknesses such as abuse of power that happened in the past.

Dr Mahathir said that the government would ensure that the policies introduced this time would be put to good use.

He said that previously, opportunities were given to people without taking into account their qualifications or capabilities.

“So many misused it. This time around, opportunities will only be given to those who not only show interest but also capability.

“If you don’t have the experience or capability, we will provide the necessary training, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir claimed that the NEP and Vision 2020 failed due to a dearth in policy implementation by governments under the fifth and sixth prime ministers, referring to his own chosen successors Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

However, he did acknowledge some success in certain areas, noting that the number of professionals as well as the household income in the country had increased.

Dr Mahathir said that although there were improvements in terms of the economy, there was unfair distribution of wealth among races.

This, he said, was made worse by the abuse of power, corruption and leakages that were not contained by the previous administrations.

“The reality is nearly 50 years after the NEP was implemented, and Vision 2020, the income and wealth gap between the bumiputera and non-bumiputera still exists.

“This can cause tension among races, which could stunt the nation’s economic growth.

“Therefore, we need to come up with a new approach. If the governments before focused on equitability of opportunities for the bumiputera – especially in the economy and the education sector – the focus now will be on the equitability of outcomes, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir said the government wanted to produce a new generation of bumiputera who have moral values such as integrity, dignity, a strong nationalist spirit, and are hardworking, to save the country and not depend on foreigners.

“However, the SPV 2030 should not be looked at something that will only empower the bumiputera.

“It is actually a guide to determine the policies, strategies and development incentives for the short, medium and long term.

“At the end, the government’s job is to ensure all Malaysians, regardless of race, will reach a decent standard of living by 2030, ” he added

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Shared prosperity,shared responsibility

Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Women reading booklets about the Shared Prosperity Vision at its launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. NSTP/SYARAFIQ ABD SAMAD

PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday launched the Shared Prosperity Vision, a master plan that spells the way forward to further enhance the people’s socio-economic well-being.

Dr Mahathir, during his first tenure as the country’s chief executive officer, had also launched Vision 2020.It was a vision set to propel the country to become developed status by the year 2020.

While that may not be achieved following serious distractions that have been widely reported worldwide, the basic principle of Vision 2020 remains.

Under the shared prosperity master plan, the vision had been further enhanced with careful thinking and specific target groups.

The Shared Prosperity Vision is more holistic and contemporary. It called for everyone in the country to play their roles to help the country and themselves.

Shared prosperity also means shared responsibility – the government and the people must act as one if this vision is to be realised.

This newspaper covered the shared prosperity master plan extensively in other pages.

I’ll put that aside for a while but a chance conversation at a food stall yesterday reflected considerable indifference by certain sections of society to the way forward.

A couple joined my table for a breakfast of roti canai and nasi lemak.All the tables were full, so I offered them to share my table. Smiles and handshakes followed.

As soon as the food arrived, the couple started complaining about the general cleanliness of the food court. They blamed City Hall, the stall operators, the patrons for throwing tissue papers and cigarette butts and a small family at the next table for not finishing their food.

They tried to draw me into the conversation. The wife then blurted: ‘Uncle boleh terima ke keadaan macam ni?’(Can you tolerate this situation?)

I suppressed a smirk. They looked like office workers, working probably in a government office or in some small office somewhere.

The seemed to have rather small minds. If the food court looked unsavoury to them, why have breakfast at this stall, I asked the couple.

‘Roti canai dia sedap dan murah. Nasi lemak pun bagus. Tak mahal dan popular,’ the husband said.(The roti canai is tasty and cheap, as is the nasi lemak.The stall is also popular.)

I resisted the urge to tell the couple off. Instead,I told them the food court was a lot dirtier before. But some of the stall operators got together and engaged two boys to do daily clean-ups.

Of course City Hall also has its contractors to clean every morning but the initiative taken by the stall operators is indeed commendable.

The couple’s attitude, to me, is quite typical of many people who are caught in a time warp — they never got past the period when they received handouts and freebies to live.

They seldom look at themselves and always blame others for whatever that is lacking.

This couple is not so bad. A village elder who doubled as a local politician has been complaining about the lack of opportunities for months.

He’s been sharing his views with whomever he bumped into at the local coffee shop.

To this small-time politician, the government has not done enough to help the people. For many years he was a village headman.

But he spent more time trying to climb the political ladder than leading the villagers to better their income and social wellbeing.

What’s the problem with some people? The negativity in them is so appalling. If only they take the trouble to go deeper into some of the government’s initiatives, they can benefit greatly.

This is not just today, mind you. Some people have been negative throughout, regardless of who forms and leads the government.

While they rave and rant, others who are always on the lookout for opportunities proceed to reap success on many fronts.

This is because they are alert and take the trouble to get ahead of the competition. The Shared Prosperity Vision is for everyone. Except for those who refuse to see and grab the opportunities

For hared prosperity to work, the people must do their share of the work too. After all, this is for them!

The writer is a former NST group editor. His first column appeared on Aug 27, 1995, as ‘Kurang Manis’

By Ahmad A Talib

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