The paper has been moved to 19 November, the last day of the ‘O’-level examinations. It was originally meant to take place on 7 November, one day after Deepavali.
SEAB said it rescheduled the paper after “careful deliberation” following public feedback.
“When there is a gazetted festive public holiday within the examination period, SEAB will avoid scheduling examinations on the afternoon of the eve of the festival and in the morning after the festival to minimise disruption to the festive celebrations,” it said.
As there are only nine students taking the paper in Singapore, SEAB added that the marking and processing can still be done in time for the results release in January 2019.