Malaysian Ministry of Education reschedules major exams dates, SPM to be held from Jan 6 to Feb 9, 2021
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The Malaysian Education Ministry (MOE) has announced the rescheduled dates of major examinations, with the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), will be held from Jan 6 to Feb 9, next year. The SPM exam was supposed to be held from Nov 16 to Dec 7 this year, the ministry said in the statement here today.
The new Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) dates, which were scheduled for November, have also been rescheduled to Aug 12-18 this year for Semester 2, and March 1-9 next year for Semester 3.
The Semester 1 examination (2021 cohort) is moved to Feb 22-25 next year.
Radzi said the new examination dates would also mean new dates for university intakes.
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SPM 2020 to Begin in the First Week of January 2021
Meanwhile, the oral and written examinations for SPM Ulangan (SPMU) which were scheduled to be held from June 23 to 30 this year, have been rescheduled to Aug 17 to Sept 30 this year.
Session 1 of the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) will be held on Aug 3-14 and Sept 28-Oct 9 this year while Jan 18-29 and May 17-28, next year for Session 2.
The oral test for SVM Bahasa Melayu paper is moved to Nov 16-Jan 6 while the written test is on Jan 6 next year. The History paper will be held on Jan 7 next year.
According to the ministry, the reschedule was made to enable students to have an adequate amount of time to learn and make preparations to sit for their examinations.
“MOE has taken into account the need to reorganise logistics for the examinations including the detailed dates for the start of the school term for 2021, which will be announced later.
“The rescheduling of the start of the session is important to ensure that school term next year will proceed smoothly,” the ministry said.
On March 28, the MOE has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) until April 14.
Malaysian schools have reopened to examination students taking SVM, STPM, SPM, STAM, and equivalent international examinations, by 24th of June 2020 (Wednesday).
Only Form Five and Form Six students are allowed to return back to school, while all others will be under home-based learning until further notice from the Education Ministry, according to the released guidelines for the reopening of schools.
The guidelines say schooling sessions will only be for Form Five students taking the Malaysian Education Certificate (SPM), the Malaysian Vocational Certificate (SVM) and for Form Six students taking the Malaysian Higher Education Certificate (STPM) and the Malaysian Higher Islamic Religious Certificate (Stam).
Students taking international examinations of the same level will also be allowed to return to classes.
This reopening will commence with strict adherence to SOPs that have been released by the Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council.
At present, classrooms will continue to remain limited to 20 students maximum, depending on size, and schools will only be allowed to operate in these following hours according to SOP:
- Single-session schools: 7.00am – 4.00pm
- Double-session schools: 7.00am – 6.45pm
In addition, break times will be staggered, and food and drinks will be packed by canteen operators beforehand. Students are to eat in their classrooms only, after purchasing food from canteens.
Activities that include face-to-face co-curricular activities, sports, and large gatherings are forbidden. Students must also ensure to always keep a 1-metre social distance at all times, and temperature screenings for students, teachers, and school staff are required at school gates prior to entering.
The protocols released in the guidelines include social distancing, arranging tables in class one metre apart and making sure everyone in the schools wash their hands often with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Everyone entering the school premises including teachers, students and contract workers must have their body temperature taken and recorded.
Schools must also ensure all students, teachers and others in the school community go through a health screening every day at a set location before the school session starts.
The checks will also be done for anyone else entering the school on business.
Those with a temperature higher than 37.5°C and show symptoms such as sore throat, coughing and breathing difficulties will not be allowed onto the school premises.
Students and teachers alike are also highly encouraged to wear face masks on school grounds.