Education Ministry to reschedule major exams in Malaysia following MCO extension

A police road block is seen at Jalan Kuala Kangsar following the movement control order to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection March 20, 2020. — Picture by Farhan Najib
A police road block is seen at Jalan Kuala Kangsar following the movement control order to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection March 20, 2020. — Picture by Farhan Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The Ministry of Education (MOE) has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the movement control order until April 14.

MOE in a statement today said the decision was made after taking into account the current situation and that all the curriculum could be finished within the given time frame.

It said that the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination which was initially scheduled for October 5 to November 19 has been postponed to November 16 until December 7.

The Form Three Assessment (PT3) which is scheduled for September 28 to October 6 will see the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language papers be held on September 28 and September 29 respectively.

However, the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination dates remained unchanged, wrote the statement. 

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Semester 2 examination which was initially scheduled for early May has been postponed to Nov 18, 19, 23 and 24 while the Semester 3 examination will take place as scheduled on Nov 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10.

The Semester 2 examination was rescheduled to give ample time for schools to manage the remaining second semester, the statement said.

The dates for the STPM Repeat 1 examination have been postponed to Nov 25,26, 30 and Dec 1 while the Repeat 2 examination has been rescheduled to March 15 to 18, 2021.

The Malaysian University English Test or MUET Session 1/2020 which was supposed to be held on March March 28 has been moved to Sept 5.

The International Language Achievement Test (UPBA), the oral and written examinations for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Ulangan (SPMU), the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) written test remain unchanged.

Following is the major examinations that have been rescheduled:

  • The Matriculation Programme Examination (PSPM) Session 2019/2020: 

Original Date: March 30 until April 6, 2020           New Date: April 27 until May 4, 2020

  • The Preparatory Programme for Bachelor of Teaching (PPISMP) 

Original Date: May 4 until May 11, 2020           New Date: June 3 to 12, 2020

  • The Malaysian Diploma in Education Program (PDPM)

New Date: April 4 to 6, 2020           New Date: April 27 to 30, 2020

  • The Bachelor in Teaching Programme (PISMP)

Original Date: May 4 to 21, 2020           New Date: June 3 to 18, 2020

  • The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PDPP)

Original Date: May 4 to 21, 2020           New Date: June 3 to 18, 2020 — Bernama

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