UPSR leak a test of patience

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 11 Sep 2014

Students taking the UPSR exams at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tun Dr. Ismail (1) in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Some 473,000 pu­­pils whose Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) is supposed to end today, will now have to wait until the end of the month to be “free of exam stress” following a Science paper leak.

The pupils will now take their Science examination on Sept 30.

A parent ideitified as Lee called the leak a complete letdown after all the hard work and effort put in by the Year Six pupils.

“Now, the suspense is going to drag on for another three weeks. Whoever leaked this has to be taken to task as it’s not fair to all honest and hardworking pupils,” he said.

Norayah Mohd Khalid said she was worried about the prolonged stress her daughter would be put under. “She has been studying hard and was all prepared to sit for the test.”

The paper scheduled to be held today has been postponed after the Education Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate said questions were found on social media.

It said it since lodged a report with the authorities and was carrying an investigation, warning that it would take necessary action.

The postponement affects 473,175 Year Six pupils in national as well as Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools.

Other papers – English Paper 1, English Paper 2 and the Year Six Aptitude Test – will continue as scheduled today.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia chairman Datin Noor Azi­mah Abdul Rahim urged authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and catch the culprits.

“They need to solve this problem of leaked questions as there are rumours of it every year, whether verified or not,” she said, adding that she believed tuition centres were the likely culprits as most of these prided in obtaining questions that they claimed to have “spotted”.

“It makes a very good marketing ploy for them. This does not only happen to UPSR but also to other major examinations too.

A Year Six pupil, who wanted to be known as Anna, said her friends were angry that the paper had been postponed.

“I am kind of disappointed. I studied extra hard in the last few days, especially for the Science paper as it was one of the hardest.

A mother, who wanted to be known as Lisa, said her daughter was supposed to go on a school ex­­cursion to China tomorrow.

“This postponement has put a huge damper on the trip and additional stress on teachers going,” she said.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh tweeted an apology to Year Six pupils for the leak

“The ministry views this seriously. I strongly condemn this irresponsible act,” he tweeted.

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