PETALING JAYA: Steps to conduct public examinations can be found in the guidebook on school operations in the new normal, says an education official.
Education director-general Habibah Abdul Rahim said the ministry-issued School Management And Operations In The New Normal Guidelines emphasises the health and safety of both students and exam officers in schools while conducting examinations and assessments.
“These guidelines were used during the repeat Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) which was held last August, and it ran smoothly, ” she said during an interview with RTM on Thursday (Nov 12).
Habibah added that the Education Ministry had sought the views and obtained input from the Health Ministry and National Security Council (NSC) when coming up with the 103-page guidelines.
“We also got input from other stakeholders to ensure schools can follow the guidelines, ” she said.
She also said that according to the guidelines, exam candidates will have to sign a health declaration form prior to sitting for the examinations.
All candidates, invigilators and anyone else who need to be present at the exam centre also have to do a temperature scan, in accordance with the standard operating procedure released by NSC, she added.
Besides that, Habibah said that anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms would be isolated in a separate room and are advised to seek medical attention.
“This shows that the Education Ministry has taken optimum steps to ensure the health and safety of the entire school community, ” she added.
She said the ministry had to postpone the SPM, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) to early 2021 due to the school closures that resulted from the extended conditional movement order in most states.
These exams have been rescheduled to between February and April 2021, she added.