Malaysian students are urging the Ministry of Education to loosen up the year-end exam schedule by taking out weekend papers and staggering the dates for core subjects.
Graduating high school students across Malaysia have been rallying online for changes to be made to the “insane” timetable comprising exams on Sundays and back-to-back papers for main subjects like English, History, Mathematics, and Islamic Studies.
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More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition titled #SemakSemulaJadualSPM2022. It states to “have mercy on our future leaders!”
The petition mentioned, “They have been through relentless changes and it is a pity to mark their 11 years of journey with this super hectic schedule. On one end we are advocating for mental health. Have mercy and be kind please.”
Check out the extremely packed timetable that SPM students are currently facing:
It’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but I don’t remember having a schedule this packed! These students barely have any time to breathe.
what is up with the sunday papers??? https://t.co/JWIpiUqT1m
— a-man-duh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@amandaamryy) November 21, 2021
Syed Saddiq, who is also a popular youth advocate, weighed in on the matter yesterday. He expressed his concerns about putting excessive stress on students by making them do exams consecutively.
“Plus, the lockdowns have affected those without internet access, they are unable to participate in online learning. Please reconsider the SPM schedule. Give them some gap for the core papers.
“This is the only chance they have before the next phase in life,” he said in an online statement.
Students these days already have enough to handle, between school, personal lives, and not to mention mental health.
Click here to sign the petition for students to get a better scheduled timetable.