KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 455,839 candidates are sittingÂ for the 2014 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination at 3,655 examination centres nationwide, beginning today until Dec 4.
According to a statement by the education ministry’s examination board, of the total, 400,351 were candidates from government schools, government-aided schools and government-funded Islamic religious schools.
A total of 8,241 candidates are from schools under government agencies other than the ministry, while 7,957 are from state religious secondary schools, 12,066 are candidates from private schools registered under the ministry, while 25,701 are private candidates and 1,523, from community religious secondary schools.
A Bernama check at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kiaramas here found all candidates had come early to avoid any delay, and prayers were recited before the examination.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, spent about an hour observing the SPM examination at the school.
In IPOH, 41,290 candidates sat for the SPM examination across Perak and of the total, 2,141 are private candidates and 49 are candidates with special needs, said state education department director Mohd Idris Ramli.
“We target Perak to be among the top five states in the SPM,” he told reporters at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Anderson here today.
He said there were 347 examination centres, including 38 private centres, in addition to schools throughout Perak.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, 21,754 SPM candidates sat for the examination at 183 examination centres across the state.
Terengganu deputy director of education Hashim Mohd Zin said of the total,Â 20,198 candidates were from government schools, 665 from the Mara Junior Science College, 69 candidates from the state religious schools, 37 from private schools and 785 private candidates.
Kuala Terengganu district recorded the highest number of candidates, namely 7,495, with 56 examination centres followed by Besut with 3,459 candidates (27), Kemaman 2,828 candidates (26), Dungun 2,763 candidates (24), Marang 2,052 candidates (19), Hulu Terengganu 1,785 candidates (17) and Setiu 1,372 candidates at 14 centres.
In SEREMBAN, the Negeri Sembilan education director Datuk Kalsom Khalid said a total of 18,619 candidates sat for the SPM examination at 147 examination centres across the state.
She said of the total, 17,747 were government school candidates, 872 were private candidates, while one candidate was taking the examination from the hospital.
“There are 1,075 invigilators at the schools and 12 invigilators on standby at the hospital. Rigorous standard operating procedures (SOPs) are being observed to avoid any leakage of the question papers.
“A disaster operations room is also available, in the event of flood,” she told reporters during a tour of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Shahardin, Labu near here.
In KUCHING, a total of 37,488 candidates sat for the SPM examination at 270 examination centres statewide, beginning today, according to state education director Serina Sauni.
She said of the total, 34,833 or 92.92 per cent were candidates from the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK), 815 (17.2 per cent) from private secondary schools and 1,840 (4.91 per cent) were private candidates.
Serina said a total of 168 area supervisors and 2,190 invigilators had been appointed to handle the SPM examination in Sarawak this year.- BERNAMA