SPM Bible Knowledge trial exam – Against all odds

Bible Knowledge is one subject in SPM that serves as an anchor and moral compass to our Christian students, keeping them rooted in the Word of God and guiding them to make wise and rational decisions in their everyday living.

Feb 20, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Come January, 18-year-old teenagers would usually be making exciting decisions such as:

––Which driving school to enrol in?
––What kind of part time job to take on?
––Where to go for a vacation?

But it is all different this year.  The 2020 batch of Form 5 students are still not done with SPM!

On Jan 31, as part of their preparation, six students from the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, KL (SHJKL) sat for their SPM Bible Knowledge (BK) Trial Exam. These students have faithfully journeyed with their teachers since Form 3 (2018), studying the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

The BK teachers of the parish worked together in preparing the trial exam paper.  The duration of the  exam was 2 ½ hours. Having to overcome several hurdles such as compliance with the MCO, the 10km radius travel restriction and unstable internet connections, two students completed the exam at home while the rest went online. Those students who attempted the exam online received the question paper via email 10 minutes before the exam. They obediently switched on their video camera, whilst the  teachers took turns to monitor them via Zoom. 

In spite of the MCO and our churches still been closed for worship and faith formation activities…… God will make a way, where there seems to be no way!

With SPM having been postponed  twice, the Bible Knowledge paper is scheduled on March 1. During these uncertain times caused by the pandemic, many young people are facing the future with an unspoken fear in their hearts.  It is an uphill battle for these 2020 SPM stu dents to stay focused and motivated as they need to go through the same study materials again and again. Bible Knowledge is one subject in SPM that serves as an anchor and moral compass to our Christian students, keeping them rooted in the Word of God and guiding them to make wise and rational decisions in their everyday living.

“So dear brothers and sisters, let us not ignore God’s word.  It is a love letter, written to us by the One who knows us best. (Pope Francis’ homily on 24.01.2021 – Sunday of the Word of God).

Therefore, we urge all parents as primary faith educators to encourage their children to explore this life-giving love letter from God and eventually take up Bible Knowledge at SPM level

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