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The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) hopes the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination scheduled to be held in February will proceed as planned, despite concerns over the COVID-19 situation in the country as of late.
NUTP president Aminuddin Awang said another postponement to the exam will severely impact students in terms of their tertiary education and their ability to enter the workforce, adding that as SPM is highly-recognised by many countries, another delay will definitely affect its credibility.
“We hope that the SPM will proceed as planned, despite the current situation. We believe that the 2020 SPM students (those turning 18 this year) are mature enough and aware of the COVID-19 situation in the country, hence they can adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) at all times,” he said.
As it stands, the 2020 SPM is scheduled to start on February 22nd, and while it has been postponed multiple times, Aminuddin said the NUTP will still stand by whatever decision is made by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
“NUTP is confident that the ministry will make the decision based on the advice from the National Security Council and the current risk analysis. On behalf of the teachers, we are ready to carry out our duties and hope that the safety and health aspects be made a priority in terms of the school reopening,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new school year is set to begin on January 20th, although it’s still unclear if there will be any changes on that.
Let’s hope for the best for our 2020 SPM students, and that they’ll be able to finally get their high school lives over and done with!
by Kyle Roshen Jacob