PETALING JAYA: Bearing in mind the importance and challenges of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wishes all candidates the best of luck.
"To all candidates, do take care of your health and answer questions calmly. To teachers and parents, may your guidance and prayers accompany the success of our students, ” he said in a Facebook post on his page on Sunday (Feb 21)
Bernama reported that Muhyiddin said although the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted the students’ learning process, he was confident that their determination to succeed and the dedication of teachers in imparting knowledge would lift the candidates’ spirits to do their best in the examination.
A total of 401,105 students nationwide are sitting for the SPM, which begins on Monday (Feb 22).
Similarly, Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin also said in a Facebook post on Sunday night that he would be praying for the best for all SPM and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) candidates, also reminding them to follow the standard operating procedures (SOP).
"Get enough rest. The feeling of worry or fear is normal. What is important is to know yourself and use the best techniques to stay calm. In the exam hall, the most important thing is to give your total focus and to not let worry or fear disturb you," he said.
Dr Radzi added that when he sat for exams, he took a deep breath, put his pen down and drank a bit of water whenever he needed to calm himself.
"Fortified with the blessings from the prayers of your parents, your family and your teachers, I am confident you will be able to go through this exam calmly," he added.
Additionally, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also took to Facebook to convey his well-wishes to all candidates sitting for the SPM and Sijil Tinggi Agama (STAM).
He said the same wishes were also conveyed for those who will sit for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) on March 8.
“Do your best for your own future. You all are the successors of the country. May you succeed, ” he said.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he was concerned to see how the learning process of students sitting for their SPM exam has been affected by Covid-19.
He said in a Facebook post on Sunday that while those in kindergarten and primary school might not have a full understanding of what was happening, it would be a test of mental strength for the SPM candidates.
"My prayers are with them always, may they be tough, stay focused and spirited to do their best. To teachers, thank you for being fighters - all the best, everyone," he said.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz also took to Facebook to convey well-wishes to all examination candidates.
" Before starting today's exam, take a deep breath. Recite your prayers and answer calmly. You've got this," he said.
Similarly, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor also wished all exam candidates well, noting that they were sitting for an exam amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“To have to sit for such an important examination amid all these challenges is not easy, but I hope every one of you has prepared well and will do your best, ” he said on Monday.
He reminded students and teachers to adhere to SOPs as the fight against Covid-19 is not over.
Candidates for the SPM, SVM and STAM are currently sitting for their examinations at 3,310 centres under new norms with strict standard operating procedures.
The SPM, SVM and STAM examinations are usually held in November every year but in 2020, these were deferred to January this year and then to February after a spike in Covid-19 cases forced the closure of schools.
School for 2020 Form Five and Six students only resumed on Jan 20 this year, a month before the examinations.