Smooth start for SPM written exam

Silence please: Invigilators distributing Malay language question papers to SPM candidates on the first day of the SPM 2023 examination at SMK Seremban Jaya. ­— Bernama

JOHOR BARU: It was a smooth first day of the written examination for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2023 despite certain areas still affected by floods, says the Education Ministry.

Its deputy director-general (school operations sector) Azman Adnan said there were no reports regarding candidates affected by the floods.

“So far, the SPM examination is running smoothly. There are no issues, even though several states are still affected by floods,” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Tun Fatimah yesterday.

The examination which began yesterday involved 395,870 candidates and 3,340 examination centres, including in the flood-hit states of Pahang and Terengganu.

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On the situation in Johor, Azman said 18 schools involving 21 examination centres in Batu Pahat, Segamat, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Kulai and Tangkak had been identified as temporary relief centres for floods throughout the duration of the SPM examination.

Azman said 58 examination centres and routes to these places were also identified as being at risk of flooding during the current northeast monsoon period.

A total of 48,426 candidates are sitting for the SPM at 364 examination centres in 301 schools in Johor.

In NEGRI SEMBILAN, deputy director-general (policy and curriculum sector) Dr Ahmad Rafee Che Kassim said 15,977 candidates are sitting for the examination in the state.

In SELANGOR, a total of 72,929 candidates, including private candidates, had registered for SPM 2023, said state Education deputy director (learning sector) Hanisah Mohd Ali.

In PAHANG, state Education director Amzan Abd Malek said there were no reports of examination centres being affected by the floods, reported Bernama.

There are 20,271 candidates sitting for the examination in 258 centres statewide.

In TERENGGANU, state Education director Jelani Sulong said his department is constantly monitoring weather developments and is prepared to activate Ops Payung should schools involved in the examination be impacted by floods.

In KELANTAN, state Education director Datuk Mohd Zamri Abdul Aziz said seven alternative examination centres had been arranged for SPM and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) candidates in the event of floods.

“They comprise six schools in Pasir Mas and one in Tumpat, which are prone to flooding.

“It is estimated that over 600 candidates might be affected if their schools are inundated,” he told reporters after visiting SMK Dato’ Ahmad Maher in Kota Baru.

In PUTRAJAYA, Education director Ezaiddin Hussain said a student was involved in a car accident and is taking the exam in the hospital with a fractured arm.

In MELAKA, a total of 12,900 students are sitting for the SPM at 103 centres, including 65 candidates with special needs, while four candidates are taking the examination in hospitals due to health issues.At the same time, 29,044 candidates in KEDAH are reminded to prioritise their health and safety throughout the examination period, said state Education director Ismail Othman.

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