Smooth start to SPM 2020 amid tight SOPs


The 401,105 candidates sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 will go down in history as the first batch of fifth formers to sit for the much-delayed public examination in the new norm, as the country was laid low by the coronavirus pandemic.

The examination conducted with strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) kicked off with Bahasa Melayu Paper 1 and 2 at 8 am and 2 pm respectively today, with 8.014 invigilators deployed to maintain proper conduct of examination sessions including full compliance of the SOPs.

Besides having to go through the longest annual SPM class session for almost 14 months, this batch of SPM candidates had been forced to switch to online learning via applications such as Google Meet, Google Classroom and Skype.

These SPM candidates as well as those sitting for the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) being conducted at the 3,310 centres in a new normal environment are required to submit a completed health declaration form every day before they enter the examination hall.

A check by Bernama at schools nationwide, saw groups of students wearing face masks already lining up to have their body temperatures taken, as early as 6.30am.

In SELANGOR, Deputy Education Minister Muslimin Yahaya was satisfied with the SOP compliance at Yoke Kuan National Type Secondary School (SMK), Sekinchan, when he was there to monitor the situation.

He said for this year’s SPM, the school has also provided preparation, isolation and quarantine rooms for students’ convenience.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN,16,554 students are sitting for the examination at 151 centres and during a visit to SMK Senawang, twins Suhaila Md Zahar and Suhaili Md Zahar, 17, who stood out among the crowd said, though they were all nerves, this would not stop them from doing their best as they aspire to be among the outstanding performers this year.

In MELAKA, 13,464 candidates will sit for the examination at 102 examination centres across the state.

IN JOHOR BAHRU, 175 SMK Perempuan Sultan Ibrahim (SIGS) students are among the 49,472 candidates taking the examination at 366 centres in Johor.

Kumpulan Penggerak Ibu bapa, Komuniti dan Swasta (KPIKS) chairman Datuk Yahya Jaafar when met at SIGS said, he was pleased with the detailed preparations made and was confident the examination would run smoothly at the school.