The government must take the Malaysian Examination Board's (LPM) shortage of funds seriously as it has allegedly contributed to the delay in the announcement of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results, said PKR's Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.
Shamsul's statement comes after an allegedly leaked LPM circular stating that examination results will be released on March 16 instead of March 2 as the board had to repair faulty optical mark recognition (OMR) machines because there was insufficient funds to repair them.
The OMR machines are used to mark objective examination papers which are marked using pencils on an answer sheet.
"Even though machines breaking down is a technical issue, the government must view it seriously as more problems may crop up in future."It may affect the smooth operation of LPM in overseeing public examinations in an efficient manner," he said Shamsul, who is also PKR vice-president.
He added that Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid must ensure a long-term solution to ensure the smooth operation of LPM.
The LPM circular was sent on Jan 12, informing the director-general of the Education Ministry about the delay in SPM results.
Education Ministry director-general Khair Mohamed Yusof today confirmed the new date for the SPM results would be on March 16 but did no elaborate on the lack of funds to acquire new machines.
He assured the results of the examination will be accurate.- Mkini