KUALA LUMPUR: Schools have been ordered to give counselling to students who have been affected by the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) paper leaks, causing them to resit their subjects.
Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this measure was among the steps taken by the Government to overcome the fiasco and help with the children's wellbeing.
"The ministry is also trying to install CCTV cameras in all vaults storing public examination papers throughout the country to prevent future incidents," he told the Dewan Rakyat during question time Tuesday.
Idris said the leaks had come as a disappointment to all quarters and the ministry will not compromise to take action against its own officers should they be found to be involved.
He said the ministry was also studying short-term measures including cutting down the duration of the papers stored in vaults and beefing up crisis management efforts to face any possibilities in future.
To a suggestion by Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN - Kalabakan) for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to initiate investigations into the leaks as it may involve bribery, Idris said: "We are not making any accusations yet as the matter is still being probed."
When Lim Kit Siang (DAP - Gelang Patah) asked why the ministry took two weeks to detect the leak for the Mathematics subject but only a day for English and Science, Idris said the ministry could not act without sufficient evidence.
It was reported UPSR candidates will have to resit the Mathematics and Tamil language papers on Oct 9 after the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate confirmed that they had been leaked.
Prior to this, the UPSR English and Science papers were found to have been leaked and distributed to students via social media and the re-sit has been scheduled for Sept 30.