SPM, SVM exam candidates need not attend face-to-face classes from Feb 10

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By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7: Students sitting for Form Five Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) 2020 examinations need not attend face-to-face classes from Feb 10.

According to national daily The Star, quoting Education director-general Datuk Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim, the non classroom session is to allow students to go on holiday for Chinese New Year (CNY) and also allow them to conduct self-study before their examination starts on Feb 22.

Habibah, in a circular dated Feb 4, said schools can conduct extra classes during this time until the exams end if there is a need.

She added the extra classes would need permission from parents, guardians and teachers.

“The school must always comply with all standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of Covid-19 among the school’s community,” she said.

Habibah added those living in boarding schools and hostels can return home for CNY.

Nevertheless, she said their trip going back home is subject to the current rules of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“Candidates who return to their hostels after CNY will be isolated for 10 days.

“They will also sit for their examinations in a special room during the exam period,” she said.

Habibah said candidates who do not want to return to their hostels after the break can sit for their examinations at the nearest exam centre.

She added the parents of those candidates will have to inform the school by Feb 9 if their child will not be going back to the hostel. — DayakDaily