Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination will continue as scheduled despite the significant increase in Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia last week.
Radzi said that the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 among students and teachers, adding that the percentage of patients involving categories 4 and 5 was small.
“The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) is committed to ensuring that schools operate in a smooth, orderly and safe manner, by ensuring that all the SOPs set continue to be complied with.”
“This commitment is made taking into account the smooth implementation of SPM 2020 in February last year, and we also already have a complete SOP in place for it,” he said, reported Bernama.
Radzi also explained that the situation is now different as more than 90% of Form 5 students this year fully vaccinated.
The SPM examination will begin on 2 March and end on 29 March.
Responding on the matter of Covid-19 infections in schools, he said there were cases involving teachers and students in school premises, but the percentage was very small.
“The school cluster is too small, involving only 0.5% of the total number of non-boarding schools, which is more than 10,000 schools nationwide.”
“Meanwhile, we (MOE) will continue to work with the Ministry of Health to ensure that schools operate in compliance with the SOPs set,” he said.
Meanwhile, Radzi urged parents to register their children aged between 5 to 11 to get the vaccine through the Covid-19 Children’s Immunisation Program (PICKids).
Students sitting for this upcoming SPM examination, are you ready? We hope the best for your in the examination and at the same time, stay safe throughout this important examination!