Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has Announced SPM & STPM Postponed to February & March 2021
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The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam 2020 has been postponed to Feb 22 next year, says Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin.
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.
Mohd Radzi also said that the SPM trials, which have been postponed due to the conditional movement control order (MCO) in some states, will be rescheduled.
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SPM 2020 to Begin on February 22, 2021 and STPM on March 8, 2021
All major exams in the country will be postponed until next year, following the third wave of Covid-19 infections and lockdown restrictions in almost all states, said the education ministry.
Education Minister Radzi Jidin said this involved the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM).
He said the SPM, SVM and STAM exams will begin on Feb 22, 2021 instead. The STPM exam will be postponed to March 8, 2021.
The ministry’s decision will affect 400,445 SPM candidates, 23,313 SVM candidates, 92,964 STPM candidates and 7,996 STAM candidates.
Radzi said all students sitting for these major exams will be allowed to return to their respective schools and resume face-to-face learning on Jan 20 next year.
“Details on these public examinations will be announced in the near future,” he said at a press conference today.
Further information on SPM trial exams, coursework and assessments will also be released soon.
Radzi also said the rescheduling of public examinations would not affect the registration of students in public higher education and tertiary-level institutions.
He added that the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) for matriculation students, which was scheduled for Dec 8 to 19, 2020, will also be postponed to next year.
“In facing the current challenges, we request the cooperation of all parties to jointly support the efforts undertaken by the ministry.
“Rest assured that every step announced by the ministry is to ensure that the future generation of the country can get the best education, even in challenging situations.”
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.