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Saturday, September 02, 2006

National Examination Fees Abolished from 2007 onwards

Posted by Chong

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the fees of national examinations including Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or its equivalent and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will be abolished from next year. PM brought this good news in his Budget 2007 announcement yesterday.
National Examination Fees
UPSR RM 5.00
PMR RM 20.00
SPM RM 126.00 – RM 141.00
STPM RM 205.00 – RM 220.00
- Nanyang Siang Pau, 2 September 2006

The waiving of national examination fees is indeed a great relief for most parents. I still remember in the early months last year, my parents spent a lot of money for my education expenses such as my SPM fee, tuition fees (including annual registration and photostat fees), school fees, etc. Bear in mind that Chinese New Year was in early 2005 too! It would be a difficult time if you come from low-income family like me.

Next year, I will benefit from this budget since I do not have to pay the expensive STPM examination fees. However, I wonder whether Malaysian University English Test (MUET) fee is abolished too? For your information, MUET fee was RM50 last year and is increased to RM60 this year. MUET is one of the national examinations (test to be accurate) and logically its fee is to be waived supposedly. I can only verify this when I register for the test early next year.

Another noteworthy announcement is that scholarships will be awarded to all students from families earning RM1500 or less a month and who score ten 1As and above in the SPM examination. So, if you are taking SPM examination this year, which will commence on 14 November 2006 (SPM Prinsip Akaun), please put your best effort into scoring straight 1As in your SPM.
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