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M’sian Student Skipped His SPM Exam, Netizens Think He Threw Away His Future Prospects

M’sian Student Skipped His SPM Exam, Netizens Think He Threw Away His Future Prospects

The Malaysian boy was marked absent for all subjects in the results slip.

Adeline Leong

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While some Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates cried tears of joy upon receiving their results, there are also some who are afraid to go home after receiving their results slip.

A Facebook user Justin Wong shared his results slip online and said that he was afraid of returning home.

Instead of having a list of grades on the results slip, he was marked ‘absent’ (tidak hadir) for each subject.

Image: Justin Wong/ FB

Netizens were aghast that he skipped sitting for the final exams instead of trying his best.

Some scolded him for throwing his opportunity and future away by not studying and doing what he could.

They said he would regret not sitting for his exams in a few years and that he has squandered his prospects.

Despite the harsh words, some netizens were kind and gave some reassuring words. They said he could still succeed in life, but he would need to work very hard, citing the many bosses they met who didn’t do well in school but are earning tons of money now.

One of them also advised the student to think carefully about what he wants to work as and his career prospects.

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Nearly 25,000 SPM candidates skipped exams

The SPM exam is a source of stress and worry for many Malaysian students. Students have been ingrained that it’s a last-ditch effort to do well in life.

Sometimes this fear can cause students to skip sitting for the actual SPM exam later. According to New Straits Times, nearly 25,000 SPM candidates did not sit for their exams earlier this year.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this mostly involved private candidates.

Due to the worrying numbers, the Education Ministry is working on analysing the reasons why SPM candidates are skipping the exams despite interventions from school administrators.

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Some of the chief reasons candidates skipped the SPM exams were family issues and financial constraints.

Additionally, the SPM candidates face a host of challenges this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They had to quickly get used to online classes and study on their own, which can be difficult for students who were already struggling in face-to-face classes.

The Malay Mail reported a total of 9,696 candidates scored excellent results (A+, A and A-) in SPM 2021.

88.9 % (336,630 out of 407,097 candidates) were eligible to be awarded with the SPM certificate.

The National Average Grade (GPN) was 4.86, with a lower GPN indicating better performance.

The GPN in 2020 was 4.80, 4.86 in 2019, 4.89 (2018), 4.90 (2017) and 5.05 (2016).


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