SPM stands for “Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia”, is an exam which all the form 5 students in national secondary schools have to sit for before completing their academic at secondary school. That would be considered as their highest academic qualification once they have completed their studies in secondary school. SPM exam is important because it contributes to the available choices for the tertiary education of students. Having excellent SPM results, will open more doors of opportunities for the students on which pathway to choose for their further studies. The result of 2022 SPM was quite good where it showed improvement compared to the previous years.
The Education Ministry was delighted and proud of our candidates because they did not fail to prove themselves even though the exam was delayed and the exam format was new as well. Students managed learn and adapt to the new changes occurred time to time in the education system. Even though, overall SPM results shows improvements in many categories, yet there were a total number of 30,000 students who did not show up for the exam.
Ministry of Education and teachers were worried upon witnessing the huge figures of absent students. However, there are 10,000 students who have enrolled themselves to resit for the exam this year. Notably, the education minister Fadhlina Sidek told the reporters at the “YES! Rock The School Mega Kedah Edition 2023” at AIMST university, that they had received this many applications of enrolment after extending the SPM registration period for resit exam. This event was attended by the Human Resource Minister V. Sivakumar as well.
“When we decided to find out the number of 2022 SPM dropouts and those who did not sit for the examination last year, we were able to collect data of about 30,000 people. Alhamdulillah, we were able to identify them, and with some intervention through programmes by the ministry, including extending the registration period for private SPM candidates, we find that 10,000 of the 30,000 have registered to resit the examination this year,” she said.
On 20th June, the media disclosed that 30,000 students who enrolled for the 2022 SPM but did not take the exam will have another opportunity to resit for it, with the Ministry of Education extending the SPM 2023 registration deadline for private candidates to June 30. This was a great opportunity for the students who failed to take exam earlier.
Media reports claimed that on 13th June, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was upset by the news that 30,000 students missed the SPM examination. He asked Fahdlina to look into the problem and find a solution.
Fadhlina said her ministry is presently in the process of identifying an additional 20,000 candidates. “Currently, 20,000 individuals are having their issues addressed. Some of the problems they are facing include family matters, employment, B40 families, and illnesses. The mentioned issues are all receiving attention.” said Fadhlina.
“We extend our congratulations and gratitude to those who have registered. Our commitment is to enhance human values by allowing them to further their studies,” she said.