The Examination Board (LP) has revoked the results of the History paper for 15 students who sat for the 2021 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
It is understood that the 15 students who failed to get their SPM certificates as they admitted to bringing mobile phones into the examination hall.
The students unintentionally brought their mobile phones into the hall because the History examination started late and the situation turned chaotic.
During the examination, the Chief Invigilator announced the students who carried the phones to hand them over to the invigilator with a promise not to take action against the students.
The students then obeyed the instruction and handed over their phones to the invigilators.
However, the Chief Invigilator later turned back on his words and took away their exam queue numbers and cancelled their history papers.
Meanwhile, a student also pointed out that the Chief Invigilator had failed to announce the ban on bringing prohibited items into the examination hall, leading to the students forgetting to take out their phones and bringing them into the hall.
Following the incident, the schools’ parent-teachers association (PTA) made 2 appeals on 24 June and 4 July respectively for these students but both of them were being rejected.
According to teacher Mohd Fadhli Salleh, he shared that the 15 students were not eligible for SPM certificates as getting either a fail in Bahasa Melayu or History means that they have failed the whole examination and will not be able to continue their studies at a university.
However, they can sit for repeat examinations. Nonetheless, they will not be eligible to apply for UPU, scholarships or even apply for admission to any university.
Meanwhile, Fadhli also said that if what the students claimed were true, then they had been unfairly treated.
“The main mistake is when the Chief Invigilator started the exam in a hurry and did not follow the SOP. He tricked the students by saying there was no action if they handed over the phone; apparently, the victims were the students as well,” he said.
He added that further investigations should be carried out so the students could get justice.
At the same time, he also recommended parents take the case to court as there seems to be an element of negligence.
Oh the other hand, the Education Ministry (KPM) said it respects the decision by the Examination Board to revoke the results of the History paper for 15 students.
Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said the Examination Board was an independent body that made decisions based on set protocols.