Guidelines in place to ensure health safety of public exam candidates



The Education Ministry has released a set of frequently asked questions related to public examinations and central assessments, accurate as of Feb 9.

Q: Will the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations for the 2020 candidates take place?

A: Yes, the examinations will carry on according to the schedule set.

Q: Do examination candidates need to obtain permission letters from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to cross districts or states to be at their examination centres?

A: No. Candidates are only required to show documents that confirm them as a public examination candidate, such as the examination registration statement (pernyataan pendaftaran peperiksaan) or the candidate entry registration report (laporan pendaftaran kemasukan calon) if asked by the police.

Q: Do examination officers need to obtain permission letters from the police to cross districts or states to be on duty at the examination centres?

A: No. They only need to show documents that confirm them as examination officers, which are issued by the Examinations Syndicate, state education departments, or the Malaysian Examinations Council if asked by the police.

Q: Do examination candidates and officers have to wear face masks in school and throughout the examination period?

A: Yes.

Q: Do school and private candidates have to declare their health status before entering the examination centres?

A: Yes. School and private candidates have to declare their health status every day through one of the two methods below:

(i) Candidates can obtain the Covid-19 screening declaration form which is prepared by schools or state education department’s assessment and examination sector. Completed forms must be submitted to the chief examination officer or;

(ii) Candidates can download the Covid-19 screening declaration form from the Examination Syndicate’s portal (lp.moe.gov.my) or the Malaysian Examinations Council’s portal (mpm.edu.my). Completed forms must be submitted to the chief examination officer.

Q: What is the purpose of filling up the Covid-19 screening declaration form on each examination day?

A: The aim of the Covid-19 screening declaration form is to ensure candidates’ information on their health status is accurate to assist examination officers in managing the candidates according to standard operating procedures and to ensure the examinations are conducted smoothly.

Q: Are candidates with a temperature of 37.5°C and above who are present at the examination centres allowed to sit for the examination?

A: No.

Q: What actions should a candidate with Covid-19 symptoms take before going to the examination centre?

A: (i) For school candidates, they or their parents or guardians have to inform the school. For private candidates, they or their parents or guardians have to inform their respective state education department’s assessment and examination sector where they registered at.

(ii) Candidates must receive treatment from a clinic or hospital in order to get a letter or document confirming their health status.

(iii) If candidates are confirmed that they no longer have Covid-19 symptoms and can sit for their examinations, they are allowed to sit for it at the examination centres.

(iv) After receiving treatment from a clinic or hospital, candidates arriving at the examination centre no more than 30 minutes after the examination has started will be allowed to sit for it on the same day, and will be given replacement time to answer their questions.

(v) Candidates arriving after 30 minutes since the examination has started after receiving their treatment at a clinic or hospital will not be allowed to sit for it on the same day, but are allowed to sit for rescheduled examinations.

(vi) Candidates with confirmed Covid-19 symptoms have to submit letters/documents confirming their health status/quarantine instructions to their schools to process their appeal to sit for rescheduled examinations

Q: Why are the letters/documents confirming their health status/quarantine instructions necessary?

A: These are required by the Examinations Syndicate or the Malaysian Examinations Council as supporting documents when considering whether to allow a candidate to sit for the examination that will be rescheduled.

Q: What should be done if a candidate is instructed to quarantine themselves before going to the examination centre?

A: (i) School candidate

The candidate or their parents/guardians should contact the school. Candidates are also required to stay at home, in their hostels or quarantine centres.

(ii) Private candidate

The candidate or their parents/guardians should contact their respective state education department’s assessment and examination sector where they registered at. Candidates are also required to stay at home, in their hostels or quarantine centres.

Q: What should be done if a candidate is a confirmed Covid-19 patient by the district health office or a candidate is instructed to quarantine, therefore unable to sit for their examinations?

A: (i) School candidate

The candidate or their parents/guardians should contact the school to submit information regarding their quarantine together with their relevant documents.

(ii) Private candidate

The candidate or their parents/guardians should contact their respective state education department’s assessment and examination sector where they registered to submit information regarding their quarantine together with their relevant documents.

Q: Can a candidate who is declared as Covid-19 positive or who is instructed to undergo quarantine sit for examinations?

A: No.

Q: When can a candidate who is declared Covid-19 positive or instructed to undergo quarantine sit for the examinations?

A: Candidates are only allowed to sit for the remainder of the examination papers that are ongoing after their quarantine or treatment period, and are confirmed healthy.

Q: What about the examination papers that they did not sit for during their quarantine or treatment period?

A: Candidates are allowed to sit for rescheduled examinations.

Q: What should schools do if they are informed by parents or guardians that their child, who was at the examination centre, has been identified as a close contact of a Covid-19 patient?

A: Examination officers must usher the candidate into a special room to continue their examination. The school must inform the district health office for further action.

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