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The Education Ministry (MOE) has revealed that COVID-19 symptomatic students, those undergoing quarantine, as well as those who test positive for COVID-19, will not be allowed to sit for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations.
These students will only be allowed to take their exams during another session at a later date, which will be announced by the ministry soon.
In a reply to questions from the New Straits Times, the ministry said the conditions for the SPM and STPM students were similar to the regulations stipulated for the Pentaksiran Kemasukan Sekolah Khusus (PKSK) assessment, as detailed in its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the operations of educational institutions registered with the ministry.
Only candidates who have completed their quarantine period and those who have been discharged after COVID-19 treatment will be allowed to sit for their exams.
Meanwhile, parents or guardians of candidates who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must get approval from registered medical officers and inform the chief examiners of their examination centres.
These candidates will also only sit for their exams at the later date to be announced.
As it stands, the 2020 SPM and STPM exams are set to be held from February 22nd and March 8th, 2021 respectively.
by Kyle Roshen Jacob