KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be chairing a special meeting tommorrow to scrutinise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used for preparing the papers of the UPSR examination. Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the meeting, which would be held in Putrajaya, would also be attended by the stakeholders involved, including the top management of the ministry, to ensure leaks of examination papers would not be repeated. “The meeting will also focus on preparations for the resitting of the leaked Science and English papers on September 30.
“Normally, preparations for examinations will be handed to the (Malaysian) Examinations Syndicate (LPM) but I also must know how the process is implemented,” he said. He told this to reporters after opening the Sungai Siput Umno delegates meeting and its new building today. Muhyiddin said the meeting would also touch on security of the examination papers and measures taken by other parties, who were also taking part to help the ministry in the case (of the leaked papers), including the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
He said the question of security in the SOPs, from preparing the examination papers until the process of bringing them to school must be tightened and complied with, and the officer entrusted with this responsibility must uphold the trust given. “What is important is the appointed officer is trustworthy. Unfortunately, there were cases of leaks happening, we cannot take lightly when it happens, must tighten the existing rules,” he said. Muhyiddin also reiterated his call that parents and teachers must play an important role in calming the emotions of their children so they would not be stressed when resitting the examination at the end of the month.
“Under the ministry’s system, a pupil is still promoted to form one despite failing UPSR. But there are those in society who want to see their children obtain all As. “There is stress as there is competition. What’s important is the role of parents to calm their children,” he said. He said due to the leaks, the government also had to bear double the cost for the two subjects as it had to prepare new questions, print them and pay the allowance of teachers who were given additional invigilating duties at the examination halls.
On Wednesday, LPM announced that the UPSR examination for Science papers 018, 028 and 038, which was scheduled for Thursday, was postponed following reports of leaks in these examination papers. The next day, Second Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the UPSR papers for English papers 1 and 2 had also been leaked and the pupils had to resit them. LPM later announced September 30 as the new date of examination for both subjects.