141 SPM Candidates Affected by Floods Board Military Trucks to School on First Day of Examination

BY: Michelle Liew

A total of 141 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sri Kiambang near Pasir Mas had to board an army truck after the road to the school was flooded.

Deputy Director General of Education (Policy and Curriculum Sector), Datuk Pkharuddin Ghazali said, his party has collaborated with the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) to move two army trucks to transport all candidates in the school using three-ton trucks.

According to him, the assistance to bring candidates to the examination centre in collaboration with the Eight Brigade Headquarters, Pengkalan Chepa will continue until the water in the area recedes.

“The road to the examination centre at SMK Sri Kiambang has been flooded by 0.3 meters and cannot be passed by all types of vehicles.

“The ministry has worked with the ATM to ensure that students in school clothes can sit for SPM well and do not face difficulties,” he said.

Commenting further, Pkharuddin said, a school that was supposed to be the SPM examination centre in Pasir Mas, namely Sekolah Menengah Agama (Arab) Diniah was closed this morning after it was found that the school area was flooded.

According to him, the situation caused a total of 19 SPM candidates in the school to have to postpone the examination today.

“So far, a total of 723 SPM candidates in Kelantan will not sit for the examination starting today and tomorrow.

“All candidates affected by the floods and quarantined for being infected with Covid-19 will sit for the second session scheduled from April 4 to April 28,” he added.