Kota Kinabalu August 26, 2012: School leaders, teachers and parents have an equally important role to play in preparing students for any important public examination, be it UPSR, PMR, SPM or STPM.
State Education Director, Datuk Dr Muhiddin Yusin, said now is a crucial time for teachers in examination classes to complete the syllabus, and students themselves must start revising their lessons.
Expressing concern, he said while students may be fully prepared in terms of being equipped with knowledge, some may not be ready to face the examination, mentally or emotionally.
Dr Muhiddin is of the conviction that if students face the examination with calm, confidence and optimism, they can excel academically.
"In this regard, I exhort parents, school heads (principals, headmasters and headmistresses) and teachers to pay serious attention to this particular aspect.
"They have to do their part to provide moral support in efforts to ensure that the candidates are in a positive frame of mind to tackle the examination effectively," he said when met at his Hari Raya Open House event at Kepayan, near here, Saturday.
School authorities were also reminded to make the necessary physical preparations for their school halls to be turned into suitable examination centres.
"Similarly, I hope officials who are involved and teachers who are appointed invigilators will carry out their duties to the best of their ability to ensure smooth progress of the public examinations.
"There must not be any letdown in conducting the examinations.
Any non-compliance with regulations or problems arising could jeopardise the chances of the students.
"In discharging our duties, we must safeguard the good name of the country or state in general, without undermining the credibility of the State Education Department in particular," Dr Muhiddin cautioned.
Among the guests present were Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai and wife Datin Vicky, Rector of UiTM Sabah, Dr Abdul Kadir Roslin, Associate Professor Matzin Matkib, Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (FCAM) Women Bureau Chief, Datuk Agnes Shim, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Asnimar Hj Sukardi and spouse, Datuk Zaki Gusmiah, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology, Bruno Vun and wife Annie Kong, Director of Institut Pendidikan Guru, Sarawak Campus, Nuri Udin, Education Department officials and President of Sabah Computer Society, George Taitim Tulas.