Mahdzir: Exam certs re­placed for free

Fees waived if proof given that doc­u­ments were lost in floods, says Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Flood vic­tims can get their exam cer­tifi­cates re­placed for free, says Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said the RM30 re­place­ment fee would be waived if there was proof that the doc­u­ments were lost or de­stroyed in the floods.

The re­place­ment ap­pli­ca­tion form can be down­loaded from the Ex­am­i­na­tions Syn­di­cate web­site at lp.moe.gov.my.

Cer­tifi­cates is­sued af­ter the year 2000 can be re­placed in an hour, but it will take a week to re­place those is­sued be­fore that, he said af­ter the min­istry’s In­tegrity Day cel­e­bra­tion here yes­ter­day.

On an­other mat­ter, Mahdzir said par­ents who have is­sues with the re­cent SPM ex­am­i­na­tion could con­tact their re­spec­tive state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments.

“We have dif­fer­ent pan­els in the Ex­am­i­na­tions Syn­di­cate that look into the ques­tions for all sub­jects.

“The pan­els will as­sess the ques­tions to de­ter­mine what’s suit­able for SPM.

“I be­lieve they have given due con­sid­er­a­tion to all the ques­tions that were se­lected.”

He was re­spond­ing to a let­ter pub­lished in The Star on Nov 9, in which a reader from Pe­nang had called on the Ex­am­i­na­tions Syn­di­cate not to pe­nalise stu­dents se­verely for mis­read­ing Pa­per 1 of the 2017 English SPM exam.

In the con­tin­u­ous writ­ing section, worth 50 points, stu­dents were given five op­tions to choose from.

The first op­tion reads: “If you had the op­por­tu­nity to move to an­other part of Malaysia, where would you choose to live? Ex­plain your choice.”

“We haven’t re­ceived any com­plaints about this ques­tion,” said Mahdzir.

Ear­lier, dur­ing the event, the min­istry’s sec­re­tary­gen­eral Datuk Seri Alias Ah­mad said the min­istry re­ceived 3,450 dis­ci­plinary cases from 2010 to Oc­to­ber this year.

More than half of the cases in­volved ab­sen­teeism. The sec­ond high­est of­fence was re­lated to fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

“Other cases in­clude drug use, crim­i­nal of­fences, in­dis­ci­pline, and sex­ual ha­rass­ment,” Alias said, adding that ac­tion was taken against 1,996 civil ser­vants, of which, 947 were sacked.

Some did not show up for work for more than 2,000 days dur­ing the course of their em­ploy­ment. This was usu­ally in the ru­ral ar­eas.

The main ex­cuse given by er­rant civil ser­vants for not turn­ing up for work were fam­ily and per­sonal prob­lems.

Other rea­sons were stress, fi­nan­cial is­sues and hav­ing to cope with young chil­dren.

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