KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 – Four teachers have been arrested by police in connection with the leakage of UPSR examination papers which has affected more than 470,000 students. City Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng confirmed the arrests of the four, aged between 30 and 54. The four teachers, three men and a woman, were arrested this afternoon at different locations in Parit Buntar (Perak) and Penang. It is understood that authorities seized the smartphones and laptops of the suspects to facilitate investigations.
The leakage of the UPSR Science and English examination papers has forced the Education Ministry to reschedule the sitting of the English and Science papers to September 30. In a brief statement, Gan said the four teachers were arrested around 3.30pm and various devices, including laptops and smartphones, had been seized. It is understood a police forensic team will be checking the devices as the leaked papers had been uploaded onto the Internet. Gan added that police had recorded statements from six officers from the Examinations Syndicate, three teachers and a journalist since Friday. Police are expected to produce the four teachers in court tomorrow to obtain a remand order to facilitate investigations.
The leakage of the UPSR papers have provoked outrage from the public while the Education Ministry has been left red-faced. Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh have issued public apologies over the leakage. On Friday, Muhyiddin also ordered the immediate suspension of Examinations Syndicate director Dr Na’imah Ishak and her deputy (operations) Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh. “The top officials have to take responsibility for this leakage which has tarnished the image and reputation of the Education Ministry,” Muhyiddin said. Almost a million parents and 473,175 Year Six students have been affected by the leak as the English and Science papers have been postponed to the end of the month.