Secondary form five and six students who’ll be taking major exams return to school on 20 January.
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Malaysian youths raised their voice online as schools across the country welcome the return of secondary form five and six students who will be taking their final exams soon.
Rallying behind the #SuaraPelajar (students voice) social media hashtag, students share their frustrations and concerns for their health, education and future as the nation continues to wrangle with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many confess their dread of returning to class with infection numbers still soaring.
I lagi suka f2f than online classes but bukan mcm ni lol. Risking our life for a piece of paper dgn case sdh 3K++ Cmon kpm you can do better than this. #SuaraPelajar— nad (@wndhrh16) January 19, 2021
We are the future of the country so how the government is expecting us to go to schools if the covid-19 cases are increasing. I myself is afraid to go to my classes. Is exam more important than living? #SuaraPelajar @SyedSaddiq— அஷ்வினி (@Aishwenhi_Guna) January 20, 2021
Others expressed their anxieties of taking on their finals after what has obviously been an overwhelming school year.
#SuaraPelajar spm is our future but our lives are more important..when we think maybe we will be the cause of our family will be in danger, make us feel scared and anxiety. I Love my family more than anything in the world like you do..— 🖤 (@mwddhirdina) January 20, 2021
Plss understand us… last time we always go to school with excitement but not the excitement is replaced by anxiety and fear… We are not a sacrificial pawn… Does the government does not care about the upcoming generations … #SuaraPelajar pic.twitter.com/CHccyZTkU9— Zeref (@Zeref50617091) January 20, 2021
Students also raised their concerns directly to the former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who claimed that he received over 200 messages from students who are worried about taking their exams.
Ini yang berlaku apabila Menteri Pendidikan culas & tak dengar suara pelajar.— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) January 19, 2021
Saya terima lebih 200+ aduan dalam Padlet. Tak sampai sejam.
Kepada calon SPM & STPM, tekan link ini: https://t.co/xn6bShTjKy#SuaraPelajar pic.twitter.com/4zgnwz6Ina
School, studies, struggles and SOPs
Schools nationwide had basically closed twice in March and later in November 2020 as Malaysia faced the first and third wave of the pandemic. The Education Ministry (MOE) had also moved to cancel minor primary and secondary school exams and postponed 2020’s major SPM, STPM and equivalent finals exam.
In January 2020, MOE made the decision to allow students who will take major examinations for 2020 and 2021 school sessions to return to face-to-face learning with more SOPs provided by the government.
However, students reveal that Covid-19 guidelines and SOPs set in place are already being ignored by some.
Hi I went to school today and there is no such thing as ‘sop yang lebih ketat’. The teacher said that if you get infected with COVID 19 , you won’t be able to sit for spm. This indicates that you won’t sit for your exam and there is no ulangan for us. #SuaraPelajar— ad (@adishreeX) January 20, 2021
bro i aint have time to even take picture of 18 years old me wearing baju sekolah today because im literally in rush to go back home , wash myself and be alone after meeting so many people today with “sop ketat” #SuaraPelajar— D A I S Y 🌼 (@nuwrinnn) January 20, 2021
Typing out trending topics and walking the fine line between deep and dumb.