Wee: SPM-level text used in UPSR


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  • Sunday, 13 Sep 2015

PETALING JAYA: UPSR examiners have “overestimated” the ability of pupils sitting for the examination by using text meant for SPM takers, said MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said that a part of the comprehension test for the UPSR Chinese paper last Wednesday was directly copied from an SPM workbook.

Dr Wee posted four pictures on his Facebook account yesterday, showing the cover of that SPM Chinese workbook, among others.

“This part was also found in a junior high textbook in China.”

“In other words, this is beyond the comprehension level of primary school students,” he said.

Dr Wee, whose son took the UPSR exam this year, said he was unsure the questions were set to “test students” or to “intentionally make answering hard” for them.

“I hope examiners in future can have the right ‘mindset’ in setting questions,” he added.

Several newspapers had reported about UPSR pupils leaving the examination hall almost crying after their Chinese paper.

The UPSR took place from Sept 8 to 10.

In George Town later, Dr Wee reiterated MCA’s stand in not supporting the red shirt rally on Sept 16.

“Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that he has not received any application (for the rally) and he is going to reject any form of street demonstration,” he said.

For the sake of national stability and racial harmony, he said MCA felt that the rally should not take place.

“I do not think the rally was an instruction from Umno headquarters,” he said after opening the Penang MCA convention here.


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