PETALING JAYA: Netizens expressed their outrage on social media over the leakage of the UPSR English and Science papers as this incident had caused duress to more than 400,000 pupils, and their parents.
The leaks meant the examination will stretch until Sept 30, instead of ending on Sept 11, when the last paper is concluded.
The week-long school holidays, which begin tomorrow, have now become a harrowing time for the pupils instead of a time to unwind after the exams.
“As an English teacher teaching UPSR students this year, this is an embarrassment and a slap in the face for all my students who have worked so hard for the past year,” said Facebook user Sheela Selvarasan.
“I had to deal with upset kids. All my students’ hard work is now down the drain. They are tired and should not be the victims of someone else’s irresponsible and selfish behaviour.
“My fellow teachers have also done so much to ensure that the kids are prepared physically and mentally. This is utterly ridiculous.”
Helen Khu was another disappointed Facebook user.
“My first thought is of the young students – how stressed they must have been preparing for their first public exam.
“They must have been looking forward to their long-awaited holidays, only to be told that they have to resit the papers. How do you expect them to feel? Not to mention their parents and teachers,” said Khu.
“I am really disappointed with it (the leak), my son just came out from his English test feeling relieved, and he now has to resit,” said another Facebook user, Carmen Foong.
Tan Kar Can said the leak was a major waste of time for all.
“I think there is something fishy going on as two major papers have leaked,” said Tan.
Twitter user @veonszu said “unnecessary tension” had been caused that would “prolong suffering” of innocent children and parents.
Meanwhile, @Soogc1968 urged the authorities to catch the culprit as quickly as possible.
In an email to The Star, Bhavani Krishya Iyer said she would consult lawyers to determine the party that was wholly liable for the affair as her son, who has learning difficulties, had been traumatised by the mere thought of having to resit.
“Somebody must be held answerable for this cruel act. My understanding is that someone in the Ministry of Education must come clean on this.”