(file pix) Candidates sitting for the Chemistry Paper 3 of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) met with an unexpected problem today when they faced a shortage of question papers. NSTP/Zaman Huri Isa

KUALA LUMPUR: Candidates sitting for the Chemistry Paper 3 of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) met with an unexpected problem today when they faced a shortage of question papers.

This, in turn, led to a delay in the examinations, which were initially scheduled to be held from 2pm to 3.30pm today.

The Education Ministry, in a statement, said the technical problem affected a number of examination centres.

It issued an apology to the candidates and pledged to ensure that there would be no repeats of the incident.

“The Examinations Board would like to apologise to all candidates sitting for the Chemistry Paper 3 - Amali Bertulis for the delay in sitting for their paper, initially scheduled for 2pm to 3.30pm on Nov 21.

“The delay was due to a technical problem. The examination centres involved had experienced a shortage of question papers.

“This was resolved through the standard operating procedures set by the Examinations Board,” read the statement.

The statement, however, did not specify how many students were affected and what the eventual solutions were.

The Examinations Board issued an apology over the incident.

“The Examinations Board regrets the incident and understands the difficulties faced by the candidates as well as their parents following the technical issues.

“The Board is doing its best to ensure that the welfare of the candidates and fairness is always given priority.

“The Board also views the matter seriously to ensure that there are no recurrences in the future,” read the statement.