The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination for the year 2020 is finally underway!
And one candidate is out to prove that there is no age limit in the pursuit of knowledge.
Photo via Bernama
65-year-old Salman Ahmad is one of 645 private candidates, out of the total 16,554 SPM 2020 candidates in Negeri Sembilan, and said he wanted to prove to people that you can do anything that you set your mind to, no matter how old you are.
“I first took the Malaysia Certificate of Education examination in 1973, all the subjects were in English, then I continued my studies at the Institut Teknologi Mara in the field of Public Administration. So now I want to take up the challenge of sitting for the SPM as well.
“I also want to set an example and be a motivation to my grandchildren. Age is no barrier to learning, the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong process,” he said.
In preparation for the exam, Salman said he had been buying some revision books since last year and his younger brother who was a teacher guided him, besides also learning online.
“My family gave me a lot of support and encouragement. I am not shy, I am not surprised by what people say. As the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn, there is no end to it – from the cradle to the grave,” he added.
For now, the father of two children, said besides taking Bahasa Melayu, he’s also taking two other subjects, namely English and History, and intends to take the other subjects next year, if he gets good results.
Way to go, Salman!
by Kyle Roshen Jacob