They were dressed in orange and purple lock-up suits and were led out each accompanied by two police officers.
It was distressing to see them being manhandled and dragged out of the courtroom.
The whole nation, especially the UPSR candidates, their parents and their teachers, is furious over the leakage and the resit of the papers.
The credibility of the examinations and the integrity of the teaching profession have been tarnished with their single act of leaking the test papers.
With so much at stake and everything to lose if caught, why did they do it?
The UPSR is not a career or a university entrance examination that is highly sought after by students or parents.
The UPSR examination is merely used to gauge how far the Year Six pupils have advanced from Year One to Year Six and to measure the children’s performance in the primary school years.
Whatever the results, the Year Six children will still go on to Form One. So why did the examination papers get leaked?
If there was no demand for the papers then there would not have been any leakages.
Parents want their children to score A’s in the examination. Teachers want the children to perform well to push up the school’s Key Performance Index (KPI).
Tuition centres could become popular and sought after if they can provide examination questions to “push up” the results of their pupils in the examinations.
It has become a trend for tuition centres to spot questions for the examination.
Spotted questions that come out in the examinations raise the popularity and business of tuition centres.
An overemphasis and obsession with excellence and zero defect in examination by the Education Ministry and state departments can also push some small remote schools to resort to such backdoor tactics.
The UPSR examination results are used as a yardstick to assess and grade primary schools.
Schools that do not perform well in the examinations are reprimanded by the respective Education Department.
The Education Department and the ministry should not “pressure” schools to achieve academic excellence and zero defect in the school examinations.
Children are not machines to expect zero defect in examinations. And teachers are not superhumans to transform non-academically inclined children to achieve excellence in examinations.
Do pupils sitting for examinations learn in schools for the sake of knowledge or for the sake of scoring in examinations?
Do teachers teach for knowledge or for scoring in examinations?
The numerous trial examinations, the workshops, the holiday classes, the tuition classes and motivation seminars all point to the push for excellence.
Society as a whole has been responsible for the leakages.
The overemphasis of examination excellence for 12 year olds, the obsession of zero defect in examinations and our celebration of a string of A’s in examinations had led to the leakages.
SAMUEL YESUIAH Seremban The STAR Home Opinion Letters 22 September 2014