PM offers best wishes to students

PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister along with some members of his Cabinet took to social media to offer their best wishes and advice to students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination.

“To all candidates, do take care of your health and answer questions calmly.

“To teachers and parents, may your guidance and prayers accompany the success of our students, ” said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a Facebook post on the eve of the start of the examinations.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin also posted good luck wishes to students on Facebook and reminded them to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“In the exam hall, the most important thing is to give your total focus and to not let worry or fear disturb you, ” he said.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz offered encouragement and advice.

“Before starting today’s exam, take a deep breath. Recite your prayers and answer calmly. You got this!” he posted on Facebook.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also expressed his best wishes for students sitting for their examinations, including those who will be facing the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination on March 8.

“Do your best for your own future. All of you are the successors of the country. May you succeed, ” he said in a Facebook post.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein acknowledged that Covid-19 posed a challenge for those sitting for their exams, and that it would also be a test of their mental strength.

“My prayers are with them always, may they be tough, stay focused and spirited to do their best.

“To teachers, thank you for being fighters – all the best, everyone, ” he said in a Facebook post.

A total of 401,105 students nationwide are sitting for the SPM at 3,310 examination centres under a strict SOP.

The SPM, Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) examinations are usually held in November but were deferred last year following the closure of schools due to the pandemic.

Form Five and Six students only resumed classes on Jan 20 this year, a month before the examinations.