PETALING JAYA: Medical graduates who need only an SPM-level qualification for Bahasa Malaysia to enter the civil service can get it by registering for the subject and sitting for the examination administered by the Education Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate (MES).
“They will get a results statement but not an SPM certificate,” said MES director Dr Aliah Ahmad Shah.
However, those who need an SPM certificate and are sitting for the test for the first time will have to register for six core subjects – BM, English, History, Mathematics, Science and Moral or Islam Education – as required by the Education Act 1996.
“However, a candidate has to at least pass both BM and History to get an SPM certificate,” she said in a telephone interview yesterday.
She said the core requirement was meant to safeguard the quality of basic education in Malaysia.
On Sunday, the Health Ministry said it would discuss with the Education Ministry and MES to smooth out the process for medical graduates with O-Levels to sit only for the SPM Bahasa Malaysia paper.
It said that candidates who opt for that could apply to the MES to take only the BM subject as a single paper, as this met the condition for them to be appointed into public service, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.