Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has Announced SPM & STPM Postponed
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia, the education ministry has announced the postponement of two major secondary school examinations, SPM and STPM, as well as the cancellation of the Year 6 Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR).
Education Minister Radzi Jidin said the SPM examination for 2020 will be held in the first quarter of next year. He also announced the postponement of the STPM examination.
Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM) 2020 Exams to be held in Early 2021
It also announced that the Malaysian Education Certificate (SPM) and Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM) examinations for Form Five students, and Malaysian Higher Education Certificate (STPM) and Malaysian Higher Islamic Religious Certificate (STAM) for Form Six students, will be postponed.
“MOE wants to announce that the date for SPM and SVM will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021. For STPM candidates, the Semester 2 examination date will be postponed to August 2020, while Semester 3 examination will be held within the first quarter of 2021.
“For STPM candidates, the Semester 2 examination date has been changed to August 2020, while the Semester 3 examination will be held in the first quarter of 2021,” he said.
Radzi said the new examination dates would also mean new dates for university intakes.
He said the ministry would introduce an alternative method to evaluate students who are supposed to sit for the UPSR and PT3 examinations.
Schools in the country have been closed since March 14 due to the first term holidays and the movement control order (MCO) which started on March 18 and has been extended to April 28.
“The cancellation of UPSR will not affect the students’ evaluation as evaluations can be carried out through various other methods,” said Radzi.
“Seeing as UPSR results are one of the criteria for entrance into boarding schools, Islamic instruction secondary schools, Mara Junior Science Colleges and the Royal Military College, the education ministry will introduce new methods which are not solely focused on academics,” he added.
He said the same measures would be applied for PT3 to ensure students are able to enrol in hostels and technical schools.
Re-opening of Schools
“At this stage, reopening schools will only involve those sitting for public examinations, such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and international equivalents.
Enrollment into Matriculation & Diploma Programmes Postponed to July/August 2021
On the effect of postponing SPM and STPM on admission to institutes of higher learning, Radzi said the higher education ministry had agreed to postpone enrolment into basic, matriculation and diploma programmes until July or August 2021 and degree programmes to September or October 2021.
He said it remained uncertain when schools could reopen but assured that his ministry is looking at implementing social distancing in all classrooms.
Enrollment into Foundation & Diploma Programmes in Private Universities Delayed
It will also be anticipated that the private universities & colleges in Malaysia will adjust their intake dates accordingly. Intakes will probably begin from June 2020 onwards depending on when the SPM 2020 results will be released.