Primary School Teachers Plead Not Guilty Over UPSR Leaks Charges
Two Tamil primary school teachers pleaded not guilty to four counts of having in their possession the UPSR examination questions that was leaked in September this year.
Anparasu was slapped with three charges – being in possession of several pages of the Maths 1 and 2 and Science papers in his Samsung Trend smartphone. Uma faces a charge of being in possession of several pages of the Science paper in her Samsung Ace smartphone.
Sessions judge Johari Hassan has fixed bail for Anparasu at RM8,000 while bail for Uma was set at RM3,000. She is also required to report to the nearest police state on a weekly basis. The hearing is fixed for mention on December 18.
30 Sept: UPSR Students Retake Two Of Four Leaked Papers Today
The re-examination for two papers of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) which had been leaked, namely Science and the English Language, began today.
The Science 018, 028 and 038 papers commenced at 8.15am, Tuesday with the English Language 014/1 and English Language 014/2 papers scheduled for 10.30am and at 12.20pm respectively.
The new date for Mathematics 015/1, 025/1, 035/1 and the Tamil Language 036 and 037 has been fixed for Oct 9.
Yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak conveyed his good wishes to the pupils involved in the UPSR. The Prime Minister also praised the patience of parents and teachers in facing the leakage in the examination papers.
22 Sept: UPSR Students Will Now Have To Retake The Mathematics And Tamil Papers Too
Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) candidates will have to re-sit the Mathematics and Tamil language papers on Oct 9 after the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate confirmed that they had been leaked.
The Syndicate said the Mathematics paper that students took on Sept 10 and Tamil paper on Sept 10 were cancelled. Over 470,000 pupils sat for the Mathematics paper on Sept 9 and 10 while around 18.000 pupils took the Tamil paper on Sept 10.
Khair said the Malaysian Examination Syndicate (MES) had confirmed that both papers were leaked on September 21. “The resit is to ensure that the integrity and credibility of the UPSR exam and results is maintained,” he said. He said the date was picked after taking into account the logistics and public holidays, such as Hari Raya Aidiladha.
Khair also apologised to parents, students and teachers and promised that it would not repeat. “I have asked for certain officers in the syndicate to be replaced, and to tighten the security when it comes to dealing with exam papers. I give my word that such unfortunate incidents will not happen again.”
“I understand the frustration of the pupils and their parents, as well as the teachers and would like to apologise to all of them for the inconvenience caused. “I have, therefore, spoken to teachers to identify and provide counselling to pupils who need it, to get through this trying time.” Dr Khair assured parents that he would monitor the examination process.
A teacher, who only wanted to be known as Maizura, said her daughter had cried all night when she was told that she would have to resit the English and Science papers earlier. “Maths is the most difficult paper for her. “She studied so hard and was so worried and stressed out before the Maths exam. “I don’t even know how to tell my daughter that she will have to go through that all over again,” said Maizura, 45.
Another parent, Lau, 45, said making the pupils retake the papers not only caused stress on the children but also inconvenienced parents. “We thought we would be done with the resit on Sept 30, but now they have to resit another paper on Oct 9. “Again, we have to postpone whatever plans we have and this is causing so much inconvenience. “It is just UPSR – is it necessary to make all the pupils resit the exams?” Lau asked.
18 Sept: Five More School Teachers Arrested In Connection With UPSR Leaks
Five more teachers were hauled up in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) fiasco, this time four in Negri Sembilan and one in Johor.
To date, 18 individuals have been called to give statements: six Malaysian Examination Board (LPM) officers, nine teachers and a journalist, an insurance agent and an engineer.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said three teachers were picked up in Seremban, Labu and Mantin between 9pm on Tuesday and 12.15am yesterday. He said the teachers were aged 24, 34 and 36 and one was a woman. “We also seized communication tools from the teachers,” he said.
Later yesterday evening, two more teachers were picked up by the police, he added. A 26-year-old female teacher was arrested at 7pm in Labis, Johor, and a 31-year-old male teacher was held at 7.30pm in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.
15 Sept: Five Teachers And An Insurance Agent Arrested Over UPSR Exam Leak
A special task force was formed after reports were lodged over the leak of the UPSR Science and English exam papers last week.
Police arrested four teachers in separate raids in Penang and Parit Buntar, Perak, on Sunday afternoon in connection with the leaks in the Science and English papers in this year’s Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) examination. Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Gan Kong Meng said the four, one of whom was a woman, were arrested in a special operation that began at 3.30pm yesterday. “The suspects’ ages are between 30 and 54 years. Police also seized communication gadgets in the operation to assist investigations,” he said in a statement here today.
Two of the four teachers arrested in connection with the leak of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Science and English exam papers were released on police bail late Sunday. City CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the teachers were released after having their statements recorded.
Police arrested an insurance agent and a teacher last night in connection with the leak of UPSR examination papers. The insurance agent, 31, and the teacher, 37, were the fifth and sixth suspects arrested by police so far as four teachers had earlier been arrested in Penang and Perak.
Gan revealed that a total of 12 people had been interviewed so far, six Examinations Syndicate officers, five teachers and a journalist.
12 Sept: Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Says UPSR Leak Could Be A Work Of Sabotage
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is helping the police hunt down the source of the leak after a report was lodged in Putrajaya.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the police to get to the bottom of leaks in this year’s UPSR examination papers and bring the culprits to justice. “We hope the police will take firm action and bring to book the culprits who must be severely punished,” he told a press conference here.
Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said the leaks could also have been purposely done to sabotage him personally and the Education Ministry. He said he was not making any assumptions as to who might have done it but wanted the police not to rule out this angle.
Muhyiddin said an independent committee comprising examination experts would be set up soon to manage public examinations to ensure integrity and confidentiality of examination papers.
He said he was extremely dissapointed that such leakage happened more so when he had reminded the parties responsible to observe all regulations and procedures to prevent such a thing from happening. This had not only called into question the integrity of the ministry but also make it look as though it did not know how to handle examinations, he said.
Political Parties Across Divide Call For Stern Action Against Those Who Leaked UPSR Exam Papers
The MCA Youth chief said the Education Ministry had to take stern action against the culprits who leaked exam papers, to set an example so that others would not do it again. “They should publish the names of those involved in buying and selling of questions and this should also involve parents. We should name and shame them so that no one will dare do this again,” he added.
Gerakan education bureau chief Lau Chin Hoon said the all-As mindset was inbuilt in the country’s education system and society’s psyche. He said the overemphasis on the paper chase required a long-term remedy to address it, which would take at least 10 years to fix. In the short term, he said, the ministry should have an audit to re-examine the current process, from the point the questions were produced and collated until they were distributed to pupils sitting for exams.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming has challenged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to vow that shocking leaks such as that of the UPSR Science paper yesterday will no longer occur, after the deputy prime minister apologised over the incident. “It is not sufficient for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to apologise for the leakage of the UPSR Science paper. “He must give the assurance that leaks will not occur for the UPSR Science paper which will be taken on the 30th of September.”
PKR’s Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to initiate an investigation and take appropriate action. “Whatever happens, do not increase the already heavy burden and stress of the parents, teachers and students,” he said.
BN Parties Say UPSR Leak Shows How Our Society Places So Much Importance On The Chase For A’s
Demands from parents and students in the chase for straight As and those who fulfil such requests for money are the main causes for the current leak of UPSR Science and English exam papers that has affected nearly 500,000 pupils, say two Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.
Both MCA and Gerakan also pointed the finger at tuition centres which are cashing in on the demand by roping in teachers involved in preparing the questions to give tips or insights into “spotting questions” to pupils, which at times are too similar to the questions in the examination.
MCA education consultative committee deputy chief Chong Sin Woon said such corruption was shameful. “Our society places so much importance on top scorers and students getting straight As, forgetting that they only form a small segment and that the majority are moderate students.
“This chase for As is creating a bad value in society. There must be something wrong with society that people do not see it as a crime or offence to buy or sell exam questions,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
Rumours Of UPSR Exam Cancelled Are Untrue
Rumours circulating now that the entire Year Six UPSR exam is cancelled are untrue, Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has tweeted. He has denied rumours circulating on WhatsApp and social media this evening that the national primary school exam was off because of leaks in the Science and English papers.
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11 Sept: A Second UPSR Paper Gets Leaked Online In Just Two Days
The Education Ministry has revealed that the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) English paper has been leaked as well. This makes it the second paper students are forced to resit for this year’s Standard 6 examination. The Science paper, scheduled for today, was found leaked yesterday on the social media and students will be resitting it on Sept 30.
The Education Ministry has confirmed that there was a leak in both the UPSR English papers. Pupils who sat for their UPSR English examination on Thursday will have to re-take their papers, according to Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
“This is a serious matter, and we will make sure that the sternest action is taken against those responsible for the leak. “I apologise to all the parents and pupils involved,” he told reporters here on Thursday.
10 Sept: The Standard 6 UPSR Science Paper Has Been Postponed From 11 September To 30 September Due To An Alleged Leak
PETALING JAYA: The Science paper for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) has been leaked and the sitting has been postponed from Sept 11 to Sept 30.
It was reported that a total of 472,853 pupils are sitting for the three-day examination at 8,299 examination centres nationwide since yesterday, and was expected to end tomorrow.
The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate Discovered That The Contents Of Science 018, 028 And 038 Examination Papers Had Been Leaked Through Social Media
The postponement was announced by the Examination Board of the Education Department in a press statement today.
“The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate has discovered that the Science 018, 028, 038 examination papers, scheduled for 8.15am to 9.30am on Sept 11, has been leaked, ” it said in a statement, adding that initial investigations showed that contents of the paper were spread through social media.
A Report Has Been Made To The Relevant Authorities To Conduct Investigations For Full Legal Action
“The Examination Board had made a report to the authorities and are carrying out investigations and taking necessary actions according to the law,” the statement said.
On Twitter, Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh Apologised To Students And Parents For The Leak
Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Also Apologised To Parents And Students, Saying That A Police Report Had Been Made
Speaking in Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan after announcing the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the upcoming state seat by-election, Muhyiddin apologised to parents and said a police report had been made.
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