PETALING JAYA: The postponement of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) has been met with a sigh of relief from parents and students.
The same can also be said for the cancellation of the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Form Three assessment (PT3).
SPM students Aiman Ba’trisyia Munir Kasman and Harishna Kajentharan from SMK Bukit Bandaraya and SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh, respectively, are seeing the plus side of things.
“It gives us more time to prepare, ” said Aiman Ba’trisyia.
While Harishna feels stressed over whether she will be able to finish her revision, she is somewhat relieved over the delayed SPM.
“We will have more time to study and cover the topics we missed during MCO once school reopens.”
The cancellation and postponement due to Covid-19 was announced by Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin yesterday.
Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin said it was the right decision as parents were worried about safety.
“Life is more important than education and nobody wants to risk their children’s life, ” he said.
Mak added that foreign examination boards had also postponed or cancelled their examinations, and that the ministry should come up with a proper mechanism to handle the shift in the academic year.
He also said that cancelling the PT3 was “no big deal” as there was no streaming done for Form Four anymore.
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the unprecedented change in the national examination schedule would give students a chance to prove themselves and learn in a more conducive manner.
“As long as the lifting of the MCO is a moving target, any plan at best is only a plan, but we must plan, ” she added.
A senior teacher who wanted to be known as Janani said students who were self-reliant would see
the rescheduling as something positive.
However, she added that students who were dependent on face-to-face interaction with their teachers would face more fear and anxiety over the delayed examinations.
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