IPOH: Discussions will be held to determine the next course of action over the issue of the same set of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) questions used for the second session of the examinations, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
The Deputy Education Minister said his ministry is awaiting a detailed report from its Malaysian Examinations Syndicate on the matter.
“We will review the report, hold a meeting to discuss it further before deciding what to do next,” he said during a press conference after visiting the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s headquarters here with Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong yesterday.
It was reported that the same set of Bahasa Melayu (listening test) questions was used in the second session of the SPM exam held later for students who had missed it due to Covid-19, floods or those granted special exemption by the examination director.
The matter prompted students and parents to cry foul, as the papers had been widely shared.
The ministry recently announced that the second session, scheduled from April 5 to May 19, 2022, was for SPM candidates who could not sit for the speaking and listening tests for Bahasa Melayu and English subjects, as well as the Science practical and written tests that were held from Feb 8 to March 29 this year.
On the shortage of teachers for several subjects despite a special one-off recruitment initiative, Dr Mah said the ministry had met with the Education Services Commission on the matter. He called on candidates to be patient as the commission sorts out its hiring procedure.
“Candidates will just have to wait to be notified. We will try our best to ensure that the hiring process is done as soon as possible,” he added.
It was reported that there was still a shortage despite the commission having recruited about 13,000 individuals.