KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Authorities have identified several individuals suspected of leaking the UPSR English and Science papers affecting nearly 473,000 Primary Six students, Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said today.
Idris reportedly called these individuals “traitors”, labelled them “irresponsible” and said that the harshest sentences will be given to punish them.
“These traitors have caused inconvenience to over 470,000 pupils and almost one million parents,” he was quoted telling the media by The Star Online.
Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh speaks to reporters during a press conference on the leaked UPSR exam at the Examination Syndicate Building, Putrajaya, September 12, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
He did not rule out the use of the Official Secrets Act against the culprits who had leaked the papers.
Idris said four “hotspots” where the papers were compromised ahead of test times have also been identified.
But he declined to disclose the location of the hotspots and the names of the individuals involved as the joint probe by the Education Ministry, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the police was still ongoing.
Yesterday, the Education Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate confirmed that the UPSR English papers 1 and 2 were leaked ahead of testing, barely a day after it announced the UPSR Science papers were also compromised.
Primary Six students sitting for the exam are now required to take the Science and English tests on September 30.
In a statement today, the Education Ministry said September 30 was chosen as the new date to allow the Examinations Syndicate to deal with logistic issues such as the printing and distribution of new test papers; as well as technical issues such as the safety and integrity of the test questions.
This massive nationwide exercise for the 473,175 students in 8,299 centres will require the efforts of 51,438 personnel and 382 vaults, the ministry said.
The ministry said it will conduct an internal probe on all claims of alleged leakages of UPSR papers, adding that it will work together with the police and MCMC to identify and possibly haul the culprits to court.
The ministry also said the “traitors” had breached public trust and acted without integrity, and that it hopes “stern action” and the harshest penalty possible would be meted out on them. Malay Mail Online SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 September 12, 2014 05:55 pm