Teo Nie Ching said that students be asked logical questions on their academia, and not marriage, as that is not a priority for their age. Teo Nie Ching, who is the former Deputy Education Minister, said that the ministry must apoligise to students if the question was actually asked. She said that questions have to be more relevant and logical.
SPM Exam: Complaints raised on social media
A number of parents raised the matter on social media. One of the parents said that her son was agitated over the question. Another Twitter user said that this was an “extremely weird” question to be asked to minors. Another user, going by the name of “@poiuytrewqasd”, said, “It’s definitely irrelevant, unnecessary, weird and makes no sense at all. Really disappointing.”
Some supported the weird SPM exam question
One of the users, going by the username @bibimbap, said that question can be asked under cultural themes. “(If you are a Malay), my dream wedding should be according to Malay customs because I do not want them to be forgotten,” he said that this could be a relevant answer to the question.
What parents and expert said on the matter
Commenting on the matter, Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin said that such questions shouldn’t be asked as they don’t lead to any critical thinking. Speaking to online news portal Free Malaysia Today, Mak Chee Kin said that these questions could have been well replaced by one on Covid-19, vaccines and Undi18. He said that parents’ objection and uproar on the matter was justified.
What is SPM Exam?
SPM exam translates to its full form – Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or the Malaysian Certificate of Education.
SPM exam is a national examination that all fifth-form secondary school students in Malaysia need to undertake. The examination is a must-pass for any student to take higher studies further. The examination is equivalent to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or GCE Ordinary Level in the Commonwealth of Nations.