A total of 39,431 students are sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 313 examination centres across Sabah this year.-- NSTP/EDMUND SAMUNTING.

PENAMPANG: A total of 39,431 students are sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 313 examination centres across Sabah this year.

Of the figure, 34,183 are from government schools, 514 from schools under government agencies Maktab Rendah Sains Mara and Giatmara, 229 from SM Agama Negeri, 1,343 candidates from private schools registered with the Education Ministry and the rest are private candidates.

Sabah Education director Mistirine Radin, who made her rounds at SMK Limbanak here this morning, said 156 students with special needs were also sitting for SPM this year — learning (83 candidates), blind (2), various disabilities (4), speech (1), physical (20), hearing impaired (24) and low vision (22).

She said 3,330 invigilators would be on duty throughout the state.

Mistirine said she was satisfied with the preparations carried out by SMK Limbanak to ensure that the first day of exam for the Furniture Making subject proceeded smoothly.

This year’s SPM exam is divided into two phases — the elective subject papers from today to Thursday, and core subject papers from Nov 5 to 26.