PETALING JAYA: Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon has called for a briefing with the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) to discuss the difficult Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Chinese Language examination paper.
“I can only comment once I have received the briefing and explanation from the MES,” he told The Star.
According to MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, the UPSR Chinese Language examination questions were copied from an SPM workbook.
The MES is in charge of UPSR, Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga (PT3) and SPM.
Chong said he had seen social media posts by upset parents regarding the difficult Chinese Language paper and would bring it up when he meets with the MES.
On Saturday, Dr Wee, whose son recently sat for the UPSR examinations, posted pictures of an SPM workbook cover, on Facebook.
In the post, Dr Wee said he was unsure whether the questions were set to “test students” or to “intentionally make answering hard” for them.
“I hope examiners in the future can have the right ‘mindset’ in setting questions,” he added.
Several newspapers had reported about UPSR pupils leaving the examination hall almost crying after their Chinese paper. The UPSR took place from Sept 8 to Sept 10.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party’s education consultative committee would look into the problem.
Liow said the committee – led by his deputy Dr Wee – would also get the feedback and suggestions from the educationists and parents, before making recommendations to solve the problem.
He said the difficulty level of an examination did not equate to the standard or quality of the subject.
“An examination is to test the students’ grasp of the knowledge they gained in school.
“What’s most important is that the students can put what they have learned to good use,” said Liow, adding that a difficult test could also undermine the students’ confidence in the subject.Beh Yuen Hui and Rebecca Rajaendram The STAR Home News Nation 14 September 2015