PUTRAJAYA: Almost 25,000 SPM 2021 candidates did not sit for the exams.
While a total of 407,097 candidates registered for the exams, only 382,165 sat for it, Education director-general Datuk Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid revealed during the SPM 2021 results announcement.
Explaining the situation, Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said most of these candidates were private candidates.
“This is among the challenges we face and we are analysing the data and trends to see if it is different from the previous years.
“There are various reasons, from personal and family matters to candidates choosing to work. And most of them are private candidates.
“For school candidates, there are those who decide not to take the exams (after registering for it) despite their teachers visiting their homes and making calls to encourage them to take the exam,” he said after visiting SMK Putrajaya Presint 18 (1) in conjunction with the release of the SPM 2021 results on Thursday (June 16).
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Radzi said at the school level, there are various interventions in place to encourage students to sit for the SPM exams.