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SPM and STPM exams to proceed as scheduled (Updated)

PETALING JAYA: The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations will go on as scheduled despite floods affecting Penang and Kedah.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the ministry is currently assessing the situation, and hopes to carry out the examinations on time and according to the schedule.
"The flood situation in Kedah is still under control and all examination centres there will run as scheduled," said Kamalanathan, who contacted the Penang and Kedah education departments Sunday morning for updates.
A total of 34,672 candidates will sit for the SPM exams at 261 centres in Kedah, while 23,114 candidates will sit for the exam at 159 centres in Penang, he added.
He later said another 400 candidates from SMJK Jit Sin, Bukit Mertajam will be moved to Jit Sin Independent High School, both located in Bukit Mertajam.
"SMJK Jit Sin will receive logistical assistance from government agencies that will help transport its candidates and exam papers to the new location," he said.
Describing the floods as a "challenging time", Kamalanathan called for parents and teachers to be "agents of aid" as well as to put safety of the students as top priority.
"The priority is the safety of students. Everything else is secondary," he said.
"The Penang and Kedah education department directors have already informed all teachers and invigilators to prepare themselves to aid every student sitting for the exams," he told The Star via text message on Sunday.
The directors have also requested help from the state emergency drop services to facilitate any movement of the exam candidates, he added.
Kamalanathan said the ministry will continue to monitor the flood situations and will take appropriate action to safeguard the safety of all exam candidates and officers on duty.
The SPM exams this year will start on Monday (Nov 6) to Dec 4, with a total of 443,883 registered candidates at 3,363 exam centres throughout the country.
Meanwhile, there are 45,303 candidates sitting for STPM 2017 (Term 3) at 683 exam centres nationwide on Nov 6, 7, 8, 9 and 14, while 50,011 candidates will sit for STPM 2018 (Term 1) on Nov 15, 16, 20, and 21 this year at 670 exam centres.
In a statement, Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) Public Relations officer Khawari Idris said candidates who are unable to get to their designated examination centres should head any centre nearest to them and report to its chief observer to sit for their examination papers on that day.
In case of emergency, candidates can contact the MES mobile room, open from 7am to 5pm daily at 03-6126 1668/1600 (general line); or 03-6126 1650/1651/1653/1661/1662.
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