History a must pass for SPM students this year
Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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Kota Kinabalu: All students who would be taking the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination this year are advised to start researching for answers to the History Paper 3 question which is already made available at the Education Ministry's website since September."I would like to remind this, especially to private candidates, that starting this year, History is a must-pass subject. If prior to this, you only have to pass Malay language to get the certificate, this year, you must pass History to be eligible to get it.

In addition to this, History Paper 3, code number 1249/3 is also introduced for the first time.

Prior to this, there were only two papers for History; History 1 (objective) and History 2 (subjective)," said Director of State Education Department, Jame Alip during a press conference here on Tuesday.

Jame explained that History Paper 3 is an open-book examination with the theme given to all candidates six weeks prior to the SPM examination. This year's SPM examination starts on Nov 14.

"Candidates are allowed to bring as many books as they want. Books, notes, printed materials, into the examination hall, as long as the use of these materials does not disturb other candidates. So what if you decide to bring ten textbooks.

This is an open book examination and they are given three hours to answer the question," he said.

Candidates are allowed to discuss the question with anybody including their friends and teachers and could research for the information on Internet, printed materials, books, newspapers or any related sources.

However, candidates are not allowed to bring any electronic equipment or devices into the examination hall.

A check on the Ministry's website http://www.moe.gov.my/lp revealed that the question is already on the website ready to be downloaded. The general theme of the paper is 'Malaysia dan Kerjasama Antarabangsa: Sejak mencapai kemerdekaan Malaysia telah menyertai dan bergerak aktif dalam pertubuhan serantau (Malaysia and International Collaboration: Since gaining independence, Malaysia had played an active role in regional organisations).


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