KUALA LUMPUR: The leaks in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) this year were not a “determining factor” in the overall results.
Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the overall decline in pupils’ performance was due more to questions on “higher order thinking skills” this year.
“Last year, only 25% of questions were of this sort. This year, we increased it to 40% and want to increase to almost 80% in the future.
“(The leaks) were not a determining factor. We found that many made mistakes when it came to the higher order thinking skills,” he told reporters after visiting SK Puchong Jaya in Selangor yesterday.
It was a controversial examination for 460,407 pupils who sat for the UPSR in September, as question papers for four subjects were leaked and the Mathematics, Science, English and Tamil language papers had to be retaken.
Idris said the ministry was considering using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to track question paper packages as they were being transported to schools.
“RFID will be able to give information on whether the package had been interfered with. We are now discussing with the relevant companies on the possibility of using it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said 36,304 pupils (7.89%) scored all As this year.
“The leaks show the overemphasis given to the grades on the results slips. The ministry needs accountability and integrity from those responsible for ensuring all public examinations are run professionally,” he said.