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Two weeks ago, Bahagian Matrikulasi, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (BMKPM) issued a directive for matriculation students upon returning to college with the purpose of taking their Peperiksaan Semester Program Matrikulasi (PSPM), which translates to the Matriculation Programme Examination. From then on, unsatisfied students and parents have wasted no time voicing their concerns.
An online petition was created to request that the Education Ministry consider alternative assessment methods. The petition has since garnered support from more than 11,700 people.
The Matriculation Department defends its decision to conduct examinations in person instead of online. It has been observed by the education ministry that the majority of matriculation students do not have access to the internet. By having the examinations face-to-face, all students are in a fair environment which is important as many students live in rural areas with poor connectivity.
In spite of the roaring dissatisfaction, the ministry has assured that examinations will be done according to SOPs set by the Ministry of Health.