The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam scheduled to start from 6 November, will go on as planned in Penang despite the catastrophic floods in the state, the Penang Education Department has said
However, its director, Shaari Osman, has assured that the state will ensure that all candidates affected by the floods will be able to sit for the examination on Monday.
Shaari gave the assurance that any SPM candidate in the state affected by the flood will get help to reach their examination centre, adding that he hopes they can answer their exam questions calmly
The Education Ministry has been mobilised and a special SPM Security Committee comprising various agencies has been set up to deal with the flood situation.
According to Penang Education Department director Shaari Osman, only one secondary school in Teluk Kumbar is being used as a flood relief centre so far.
"We have asked all parties to use primary schools for flood relief purposes. Also, we will make sure that the affected SPM candidates get help reaching examination centres," he told Malay daily Berita Harian.
He added that candidates in flood-affected schools such as the Al-Mashoor Religious Secondary School (Men) and SMK Seri Mutiara have nothing to worry about as the examination hall has been set up at the schools' upper floors.
He also said that if SPM candidates are unable to reach their registered centres, they can sit for their exam at any nearby school
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Education P. Kamalanathan was quoted by FMT saying that the state Education Department had been placed on full alert.
"We are still assessing the situation but, ideally, we hope to carry out the examination on time and according to the schedule. All teachers and invigilators have been told to prepare themselves to aid all students who are sitting for the exam. Our priority is for the safety of students; everything else is secondary."
The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam begins on 6 November and is scheduled to go on until 4 December. Tomorrow, the BM Paper 1 is scheduled at 8am, followed by the Visual Arts-Art Theory Paper 1 at 11am and BM Paper 2 at 2pm.
Deputy Minister of Education P. Kamalanathan has asked SPM candidates to check his Facebook page for exam related updates