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SPM Moral Paper Blunder

Exam board to explain SPM Moral paper flap to ministry this week

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — The Education Ministry has summoned the Examinations Board for a briefing following the uproar here over the allegedly politically-driven questions in this year’s SPM Moral paper.

Deputy minister Chong Sin Woon said he has already been in touch with the board and that a meeting will be held some time this week.

“I have called for a briefing by the Lembaga Peperiksaan to look into the matter. The meeting that will take place within this week,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted, referring to the board by its Malay name.

Last Thursday, Malay Mail Online reported students complaining that the SPM Moral examination included political questions, including one depicting a teenager encountering a promotional poster for an anti-government rally in which participants would receive RM100, and inviting a friend to join in.

Malay Mail Online was unable to verify the contents of the SPM Moral paper as the examination is “closed”, which means students are not allowed to take home the question sheets.

Parents and education lobby groups, however, later complained over the possibility that the SPM examinees were forced to answer politically-skewed questions, saying the classroom is not the place for politics.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang also made a call on the ministry to make publicly release the Moral paper questions to allow the Malaysians to judge whether the questions were appropriate for a national-level exam.

Examination Board director Datin Nawal Salleh today also responded to Malay Mail Online via email to say that the board was in the midst of preparing an official statement in response to the claims. AIZYL AZLEE Malay Mail News Nation 24 November 2015

Say sorry for ‘brainwashing’ in SPM Moral paper, Examination Board told

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Nov — A coalition of six student groups demanded today for the Examination Board to apologise and explain the alleged inclusion of politically-driven questions in this year’s SPM Moral examination.

The groups accused the Education Department of politicising examinations and claimed that the “student-brainwashing attempt” was part of its bid to discourage the younger generation from becoming politically active.


Parents and education lobby groups complained over the possibility that SPM examinees were forced to answer politically-skewed questions, saying the classroom is not the place for politics. — File pic

“We call out to fellow citizens to view this issue critically. It is necessary to impose pressure on the authority in charge and find them responsible for such decisions.

“At the same time, we demand that the Examination Board provide an answer and apology to the students,” said the coalition spearheaded by University Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) in a statement.

The groups also claimed that instead of instilling critical judgment and independent thought among students, the questions in the 2015 Moral paper were doing the opposite.

“The questions also assumes all political activity to be anti-government and places a negative perspective on such activities,” the groups said.

“Student groups are concerned that the questions do not enforce a truly democratic ideology, and proposes the idea that students should not partake in political activities,” they added.

“The Examination Board is utilising the SPM questions to manipulate and influence the judgement of students as such to breed a generation of citizens that fear and oppose political activism.”

Yesterday, Malay Mail Online reported students complaining that the SPM Moral examination included political questions, including one depicting a teenager encountering a promotional poster for an anti-government rally in which participants would receive RM100, and inviting a friend to join in.

Malay Mail Online was unable to verify the contents of the SPM Moral paper as the examination is “closed”, which means students are not allowed to take home the question sheets.

Parents and education lobby groups complained over the possibility that SPM examinees were forced to answer politically-skewed questions, saying the classroom is not the place for politics.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan gave his assurance that he would issue a statement after checking on the allegation with ministry officials.

Explain ‘brainwashing’ in SPM Moral paper, minister told

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Education Minister Datuk Mahdzir Khalid must state his involvement in the alleged inclusion of politically-driven questions in this year’s SPM Moral examination, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today.


DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (pic) wants an explanation from Education Minister Datuk Mahdzir Khalid on the alleged inclusion of politically-driven questions in this year’s SPM Moral examination. ― File pic

The DAP parliamentary leader said the minister is obliged to explain if he or officers from his ministry were responsible such action, and whether punitive action would be taken over the test that caused uproar among students and parents.

“The blatant attempt to brainwash students with politically-loaded questions in the SPM Moral Education paper is most reprehensible and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms, especially as it involved a not-so-subtle attempt to tell lies and demonise protest gatherings as anti-government and anti- national, even suggesting that those who participate in them are not high-minded idealists but ‘mercenaries’,” Lim said in a statement today.

“Why vilify civil society groups as anti-government and anti-national, as well as subtly spreading lies and falsehoods,  when moral education should inculcate students with good virtues instead of being ‘brainwashing’ courses?”

Lim pointed out that this was the second controversy involving Mahdzir’s ministry since the latter took over from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who was removed in the July Cabinet reshuffle, the other being the disappearance of seven Orang Asli students in Kelantan.

The Gelang Patah MP added that claims of the “ham-fisted” attempt to nurture a “nation of sheep” arose even as the Orang Asli incident was yet to be resolved.

“Even up to now, Mahdzir has not been able to restore the confidence of the Orang Asli people in Gua Musang in the education system as more than 50 per cent of the Orang Asli parents have refused to send their children back to the school because of their safety concerns especially in Kampung Penad, Gawin, Simpor and Rekom,” he said.

Yesterday, Malay Mail Online reported students as complaining that the SPM Moral examination included political questions, including one depicting a teenager encountering a promotional poster for an anti-government rally in which participants would receive RM100, and inviting a friend to join in.

Some noted the irony in a Moral paper requiring students to provide disingenuous answers if their personal beliefs did not align with the politics of those preparing the examination.

Malay Mail Online was unable to verify the contents of the SPM Moral paper as the examination is “closed”, which means students are not allowed to take home the question sheets.

The questions had generated controversy on Twitter and other social media platforms since earlier this week.

Parents and education lobby groups complained over the possibility that SPM examinees were forced to answer politically-skewed questions, saying the classroom is not the place for politics.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan gave his assurance that he would issue a statement after checking on the allegation with ministry officials.

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