Ministry of Education must find ways to address PMS absentees, says Radzi

Senior Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the issue was not something new; in fact, the figure of about 10,000 absentee candidates recorded last year was almost similar to that recorded in previous years. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:46 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 – The Ministry of Education (MOE) will find ways to address the issue of candidates withdrawing from the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the issue was not something new; in fact, the figure of about 10,000 absentee candidates recorded last year was almost similar to that recorded in previous years.

“We are looking at the results (of the SPM 2021). As such, we are looking at the new constraints and issues encountered in the context of the non-presentation of candidates.

“We are going to look into this matter thoroughly because it has been going on for so long,” he told reporters at the 66th birthday celebration of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka here today.

Radzi also said that the ministry’s efforts in implementing the concept of ‘Sekolahku Sejahtera’ to inculcate students’ interest in the school system could be seen as a step to solving the problem.

“One of the aspects emphasized in the concept is to create a school atmosphere that is fun enough for (students) to attend…we don’t have to force them and they themselves will feel that the school is their place.

“If we don’t deal with the problem thoroughly and analyze it one by one, we won’t be able to find a suitable approach or mechanism (to solve it),” he said.

When asked if it was possible that students are now more interested in working than going to school, Radzi said he had met parents whose children had not entered the system. school because they felt comfortable working.

Therefore, he said, all circles, including parents, should realize that school is an important component of youth development.

“Students, parents, teachers and the community must work together to ensure our children continue to go to school,” he said. — Bernama