The education ministry has refuted claims that the grading for the 2022 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination was lowered.
Its minister Fadhlina Sidek said the rating of scores must be according to merit and the existing standards.
"We have our standards and it has been maintained... the grading system must be fair," she told reporters at the close of an event in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
An analysis on the 2022 SPM examination results had been shared widely on social media while social media users had highlighted the shortcomings of the educational system with some arguing over the 2022 SPM grading.
When asked whether the ministry planned to include more compulsory SPM subjects in addition to the Malay language and history, Fadhlina said for now, only those two subjects would be maintained.
"The two subjects will be maintained as they have recorded an improved performance in the recent SPM examination, where the candidates did extremely well in history.
"This shows that the students had no problem learning history, maybe we just need aggressive intervention, especially in empowering the Malay language and history," she said.
Meanwhile, she said the level of Malay language proficiency at vernacular schools had seen a significant improvement in the 2022 SPM results and voiced hope that it would continue to improve.
On Sarawak Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Roland Sagah Wee Inn’s claim that the education minister has refused to have a meeting with him to discuss the development of education in the state, Fadhlina said a meeting had been fixed on July 14.