KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 – Following the leakage of Science and English papers in the UPSR examination, DAP today expressed fears that the Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) assessment might suffer the same fate as papers for the national exam are downloaded in schools. DAP Serdang lawmaker Dr Ong Kian Ming said under PT3, the exam papers were downloaded and printed in 2,376 secondary schools nationwide before being given to Form 3 students, who will be sitting for the exam from October 13 to 16.
Under conventional practice, papers for national exams are printed at a central location before being sent to their respective schools. “The fact that the PT3 papers are in soft copies in the schools, it opens up to possibility that the computers or system can be hacked. “It is something that is of concern and the Education Ministry needs to assure parents that there are safeguards to prevent any leakage,” he said at a press conference at the DAP headquarters today. PT3 was introduced in March to replace the exam-driven Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination, although the Education Ministry had announced in February 2011 that the PMR exams would be abolished.
In the event of any security breach, Ong said it would be difficult to postpone the PT3 considering that it was held towards year-end where other major examinations such as SPM and STPM would also be taking place. The Education Ministry yesterday announced that Year 6 pupils would have to resit their UPSR English paper following another leak. Education Minister II Datuk Idris Jusoh said those who sat the English paper with codes 014/1 and 014/2 would have to resit the papers on September 30.
This is the second UPSR paper that has been leaked after the ministry revealed two days ago that the Science paper, which pupils were due to sit this morning, would be postponed to September 30 after it was also leaked. Rumours of a leak in the Mathematics paper are also currently being investigated. There are 473,175 Year Six pupils sitting for the examination at 8,299 centres. There are also 51,438 invigilators involved. Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had apologised to parents and pupils affected by the leak of the UPSR Science paper, while opposition lawmakers are demanding that heads must roll over such serious breaches.
Leaks of question papers in national examinations are reported almost every year. Last year, a report was made after questions from the Mathematics and Additional Mathematics papers in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia were allegedly leaked in a seminar. But police later rubbished the claims, saying that the questions were only forecast ones.