PETALING JAYA: There will be no change to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 exam format and assessment system.
Assuring candidates that any change would be officially announced, the Examination Syndicate said claims that upcoming and future exam formats would be different were untrue.
“We want to emphasise that the SPM exam format for 2020 remains the same.
“We also want to stress that the Examination Syndicate has not made any confirmation in relation to the matter, ” it said in a statement yesterday, in reference to a Malay language daily’s recent report on the matter.
Some 400,000 students sit for the SPM exams annually.
The daily claimed that the SPM exam format will be revamped, quoting Examination Syndicate director Datuk Pkharuddin Ghazali as saying that discussions at the Syndicate and ministry levels are being held in an effort to ensure the SPM exam is developing with time.
The daily said according to Pkharuddin, studies and involvement with stakeholders, including experts, should be held before any decision is made.
“Thoughts on improving the assessment system are being made, looking at current developments and current assessment trends, ” he told the daily.
The daily also claimed that education experts supported this revamp, and that an open book test system should be implemented.
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said
with about a week to go, kids and parents are anxious enough as it is.
“The articles from the Malay language daily has worried parents, ” she added.
Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education chairman Mak Chee Kin asked whether the daily verified its sources before publishing the reports.
“It is causing unnecessary stress, distraction, uncertainty and anxiety for the students who should be focusing on their studies now, ” he said.To help with their preparation, candidates can tune in to a special SPM Bahasa Melayu (BM) revision series conducted on the EZ Learning Web portal by expert teachers on the subject.
The series, by the office of Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, will run until Feb 19.
The teachers include Sabah Excellent BM Teacher award recipient Julius Mokujal, Selangor Innovative Teacher 2020 award recipient Mohamad Jalil Mohamad Yunus and Nurul Amirah Azmi.
“Amirah is fluent in Mandarin to help students of Chinese descent who need extra help, ” Mah’s office said in a statement.
For details, visit the EZ Learning Web Facebook page and YouTube channel.