UPSR question with racist undertone is fake, says Education Ministry

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 Sep 2016

Datuk P. Kamalanathan

PETALINGA JAYA: The Education Ministry has dismissed as fake a question with racist connotation in this year’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and which has since been widely circulated on social media.

It said in a statement that the Examinations Syndicate has conducted an investigation into the matter and found that the question did not appear in this year’s UPSR examination.

The ministry said it was disappointed that such an incident has occurred.

It said that all questions in every exam paper by the syndicate undergo an evaluation process to ensure it fulfils the syllabus and meets the objectives of the subject.

“The Examinations Syndicate places a heavy emphasis on racial harmony and unity, especially in the context of its examination questions.”

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan (pic) said in a Facebook post on Thursday that he was angry and disappointed that “certain irresponsible parties have started circulating a question which doesn’t exist in the UPSR examination.”

“Such lies and slander have very dark motives and are reprehensible by nature,” he said.

He urged the police to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter, adding that police reports have already been lodged.

He said he would also be lodging a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission soon.

He urged social media users to verify facts before sharing any content.

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