Thursday, November 29, 2007

Marks to be adjusted for Chemistry paper

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) will adjust marks accordingly for the Chemistry 2 paper of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
MES director Datuk Mohammed Zakaria Mohd Noor said a “printing error” had caused confusion.

“Students should not worry about losing any marks as we will make the necessary adjustments so they will not be disadvantaged,” he said when contacted.
The Star had received many queries on the possible errors in the paper.
Mohammed Zakaria said the operations room had received many calls from teachers and students.

Students sat for the two-and-a-half hour subjective paper last Thursday.
He had also said last week that the MES would adjust students’ marks in the Chemistry 1 paper due to the possible errors.
A total of 439,255 students are sitting for the SPM ("O" Levels), which started on Nov 12 and ends on Dec 6.

The Education Ministry ‘s operations room contact numbers for problems related to the SPM are 03-8889 3551/3520 or 03-8884 3030, Mondays to Fridays from 7.30am to 5pm.
Question: This is not the first time or second time or even third time. I have heard this many times and every time there is an excuse and a free marks are given.
1. Can the students later come back and say "writing error" and ask to 'adjust' the marks and make them pass that question?
2. If printing error, will the examination syndicate (ES) never proof read the papers ? The papers not printed one day before the exam!
3. Do you know the stress that is placed on them when they face a question like this? And this will eat into the mental state of the student for the next questions and the time to attempt the questions.

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