KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 – Reports have been lodged over purported leaks in the Tamil and Maths papers for the UPSR examinations, days after the authorities confirmed that the Science and English tests papers have been compromised. Some 500,000 students sat for the national primary six examinations. The English and Science examinations will now be held again with fresh test papers on September 30. Kuala Lumpur city police chief Datuk Tajuddin Tajuddin Md Isa said Examinations Syndicate officers lodged the reports about the leak of the UPSR Tamil and Mathematics papers. “Yes, we received the report and will be investigating it,” said Tajuddin. He said the reports will be investigated by the same team which is investigating the leak of Science and English papers.
Police have arrested 14 people in connection with the leaked Science and English test papers. It is learnt that police last week inspected the vaults where the UPSR papers were kept as part of their investigation into the case. There are only several schools that have such vaults nationwide, and at least four of them are in Kuala Lumpur. Following the earlier leaks of the English and Science papers, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh both issued public apologies for the leaks and postponement of exams.
Bernama reported on September 12 that Muhyiddin announced the suspension of Examinations Syndicate Director Dr Na’imah Ishak and deputy director (operations) Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh with immediate effect. However, this has been refuted by the ministry’s secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad. Madinah told Bernama yesterday that Na’imah and Wan Ilias were not suspended but had been re-assigned other duties unrelated to the Examinations Syndicate to enable an independent committee to carry out its investigations.
Police have so far have recorded statements from 30 individuals to facilitate investigation into the leaked exam papers. Police said those who have given statements were eight officers from the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate, 19 teachers, an officer from the Education Ministry, an engineer and a journalist. A total of 14 people have been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Kedah and Negri Sembilan since last week. Of this, 11 have been released on bail while three are still in police custody. Police are investigating the case under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972.