livingThe Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations will not be postponed despite the spread of Influenza A(H1N1).

Director-general of Education Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said all national school examinations including UPSR in Sept would proceed and held in hospitals if necessary.

“We can’t change the examinations dates as we like. Candidates under treatment will have to sit for examinations in hospitals or in schools without the presence of non-candidate students,” he told Bernama here Wednesday.

Alimuddin said the Education Department would discuss with the Health Ministry and National Security Council soon on the best way to conduct the examinations.

Ten primary and secondary schools nationwide were closed for one week to contain the spread of the H1N1 virus.

“H1N1 preventive tools like mouth and nose masks, germicides and thermometers will be distributed to all schools soon to check the spread of the virus,” he said.

The UPSR would be held from Sept 8-10, PMR from Oct 7-9, SPM from Nov 19-Dec 16 and STPM from Nov 18-Dec 10.

— BERNAMA