SPM 2022: Ministry of Education to investigate on the absence of 14,858 candidates

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Education will investigate the absence of 14,858 or 3.8 per cent new candidates from sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2022.

Minister of Education Fadhlina Sidek said, the Ministry is now studying the data and subsequently searching for mechanism to resolve the issue.

Fadhlina added, the study will enable the ministry to introduce appropriate intervention measures to ensure better student attendance in future SPM examinations.

“I think there are many factors contributing to the issue, some of which must be urgent to the extent that the students had to miss the examination.

“This issue needs to be examined and it requires time. We will make appropriate interventions,” she said after she visited Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMKJ) Keat Hwa at Jalan Kuala Kedah near Alor Setar, Kedah today.

According to Fadlina, whether the matter is of concern or not depends on the findings of the study as the absent students included private candidates and those from public schools.

However Fadhlina said, more than 90 per cent of the candidates who sat for the SPM last year obtained their certificate, compared to only 80 per cent the previous year.

“The focus of the ministry is to further increase the percentage of candidates who obtain certificate,” she said.

Meanwhile the media today reported that 14,458 or 3.8 per cent from 388,832 new candidates for SPM 2022 had registered the first time for at least six subjects did not sit for the examination.

Based on the ministry’s analysis, candidates absent for SPM 2022 had increased compared to SPM 2021 that had recorded 10,681 or 2.7 per cent candidates that were absent from 392,837 registered candidates. –Malaysia World News     

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