This would help alleviate the issue of SPM takers having to sit for the exam during flood seasons.
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The 2023 school academic session will kick off in March as scheduled, said Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.
According to Bernama, several factors were taken into account including the possibility of the northeast monsoon hitting the east coasts at year-end, which normally causes floods.
“Floods do occur in other months as well, that cannot be denied, but generally we know that there is a high possibility during the monsoon season.
“In managing an examination, one of the biggest challenges faced by the Examination Board is to hold the SPM examination during floods, at times several technical issues arise, making it difficult to conduct the examination,” he was quoted as saying.
Radzi added that by sticking with the existing school calendar, those who pursue their education after taking their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) would not need to wait too long to continue their studies.
On another matter, Radzi urged all parties involved to change their perception of visits from the ministry into schools, adding that it was not done just to find faults.
Radzi said that the officers from the Education Ministry visited schools to familiarise themselves with the school teachers and administrators and to identify the problems that the school is facing.
The issues then will be forwarded to higher authorities for the ministry to come up with solutions.
“The officers must be willing to meet the public, which is why the district education offices nationwide have been given the option to choose a weekend to hold an open day.
“We want to send the message that the office is always open and that we at the education department and district office levels are aware of what is happening on the ground,” he said.