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Packed SPM Examinations To Be Changed After Student Outcry

Packed SPM Examinations To Be Changed After Student Outcry

The Education Ministry have taken note and promised to change the schedule.

Anne Dorall

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Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin has announced that the Education Ministry will be reviewing the extremely packed SPM 2021 schedule that was released recently.

We will release a new schedule for SPM 2021 shortly.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin

Radzi noted that the ministry had received plenty of feedback from parents and students sitting for the exam papers. As such, they will take action to review and reschedule the examination.

No breathing room

The original SPM 2021 schedule showed 2-3 examination papers scheduled every day, including on Fridays and Sundays. The first exam of the day starts at 8am, while the last paper of the day ends at 4.45pm.

In previous years, students would get some breathing room with gaps in between examination papers, depending on the subjects they choose to take.

However, papers were also never assigned on either a Friday or a Sunday, as these dates are “non-working days” for certain states in the country.

Nowadays, students also have to rely on the digital aspect of learning.
(Credit: MalayMail)

Zaryth also noted that this year, the examinations are using a brand new testing format, so teachers and students are unable to prepare using past-year questions, which used to be a very popular way to focus on certain topics and chapters that would appear on the exams.

Not only have they gone through 2 years of unprecedented disruptions to their studies and moved the majority of their learning online, they are also facing brand-new testing formats in a packed schedule.

Malaysian high school students had also started a petition to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by students sitting for SPM 2022.

All this definitely helped to raise awareness of the issue, and as a result, SPM students can expect to see a more relaxed examination schedule soon.


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