Perkara itu didedahkan oleh pegawai kanan lembaga terbabit yang membuat laporan polis berhubung kebocoran itu di sebuah balai polis di Putrajaya, hari ini.
Difahamkan, pihak Lembaga Peperiksaan khuatir kedua-dua kertas peperiksaan tersebut turut bocor dan meminta pihak polis membuat siasatan lanjut.
Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Tajuddin Md, Isa ketika dihubungi hari ini, mengesahkan perkara itu dan memberitahu, pihaknya akan membuat siasatan rapi berdasarkan laporan polis yang diterima.
"Kami terima laporan yang dibuat di Putrajaya itu dan setakat ini, perkara itu adalah maklumat terbaharu yang diberikan untuk melengkapkan siasatan.
"Siasatan berhubung perkara ini turut dilaksanakan mengikut Seksyen 8 (1) Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA) 1972," katanya, di sini hari ini.
Tajuddin seterusnya berkata, siasatan terhadap kemungkinan berlaku kebocoran kertas peperiksaan UPSR Matematik dan Bahasa Tamil itu akan diletakkan di bawah tanggungjawab pasukan siasatan khas yang ditubuhkan sebelum ini.
"Perkara ini serius kerana bukan satu atau dua sahaja kertas peperiksaan bocor sebaliknya ada lagi yang dikesan mengalami perkara sama," katanya dan memberitahu, polis masih mengumpul maklumat bagi mendakwa individu bertanggungjawab dalam kes itu.
Dalam perkembangan sama, Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Senior Asisten Komisioner Gan Kong Meng berkata, kertas siasatan bagi kes kebocoran peperiksaan UPSR telah hampir siap dan akan diserahkan kepada Pejabat Peguam Negara dalam masa seminggu lagi.
Bagaimanapun, katanya, pihak polis menjangkakan ada lagi tangkapan dan mereka turut menunggu laporan dari forensik.
"Kami telah merakamkan sebanyak 30 percakapan iaitu lapan pegawai Lembaga Peperiksaan, iaitu masing-masing seorang dari kementerian, jurutera dan wartawan serta 19 guru.
"Daripada 14 tangkapan itu, 11 diberi jaminan polis manakala tiga lagi masih direman hingga esok," katanya.
Pada 10 September lalu, Kementerian Pendidikan mengumumkan peperiksaan mata pelajaran Sains 018, 028 dan 038 UPSR yang sepatutnya diduduki pada Khamis lalu ditunda berikutan berlaku kebocoran kertas peperiksaan tersebut.
Keesokan harinya, peperiksaan mata pelajaran Bahasa Inggeris 014/1 dan 014/2 yang telah diduduki pelajar pula dibatalkan ekoran masalah sama.
Keadaan itu memaksa Lembaga Peperiksaan menetapkan 30 September ini sebagai tarikh baharu bagi peperiksaan kedua-dua kertas itu. ILAH HAFIZ AZIZ firstname.lastname@example.org Utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20140922
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
How many of us feel this way right now? I dare say not many.
A contented person is usually happy, cheerful and joyful; more importantly he feels fortunate, lucky and blessed.
Men by nature are greedy animals. We always want more of everything from wealth and riches to power and glory; our insatiable appetite for more and more has no limit.
That’s why we always hear of the expression “the rich get richer”.
Everybody wants more money and they will go all out to get as much as they can even if it involves huge risks, breaking the law or at the expense of those who deserve more.
While there is nothing wrong in reaching up to the skies, take a snapshot of yourself during this journey and count your blessings with what you already have and not with what you don’t have. It may not be that worthwhile to relentlessly pursue your dreams if the sacrifices made work against you in the longer term.
There are bound to be individuals with high ego who are not always contented with what they have; their hunger for more wealth, and lust for power will continue until their dying day or until they are incapacitated. Then who will get to enjoy their wealth? Your guess is as good as mine. But certainly not the person who kept sacrificing day in and day out and building up the huge empire.
What else do we want more? Besides money, we want more power, influence, fun, respect and others to kowtow to us, higher commissions, bigger and more lucrative contracts and more of this and that. But where will it end? It never will. This category of people are so consumed with enriching themselves that the greed factor has become an integral part of their lives and the unfortunate part of it all is that they are totally unaware.
This hunger for more can also lead to dire consequences or to one’s downfall or cause us more harm, anxiety, stress and even death. But with all the wealth and power, are they really happy and contented deep inside them?
In the process of continually enriching themselves, many overlook or lose the small joys of life. Sad to say, this category of people will never get the real feeling of contentment in their lifetime as they continue in their search for more wealth, power and glory. Men without contentment will continue to be so until they get a jolt through divine intervention.
What then are the lessons we all can draw upon?
-> Be content with whatever you have. For just one moment, look yourself in the mirror and see how picture-perfect your family is. Thank God for what you have, be content; there is not a need to continually look for greater riches at great expense and sacrifice;
-> Review and start analysing how you can make your short time on earth better. Make peace with oneself and reflect on who you really are. When are you going to say “enough is enough” and thank God for what you already have;
-> Learn when to let go; enjoy what you have built up and saved all these years and most importantly learn what exactly “contentment” is all about; and
-> If you are super rich, learn how to be a philanthropist; your wealth will be better spent for the poor and the less-fortunate than be squandered by others.
The truth of the matter is that we need much less than we think we need to be happy. We should be rejoicing in the way things are.
Oprah Winfrey put it aptly “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”.
DR POLA SINGH Kuala Lumpur The STAR Home News Opinion Letters 22 September 2014
DZULKIFLI ABDUL RAZAK - NST Learning Curve 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 @ 8:02 AM
And despite all the complaints levelled at them, teachers plod on regardless. If they took offence to the never-ending critiques that put all blame on schools, like the unemployable graduates, for instance, Malaysia would suffer the consequences.
Schools, where the foundation for the country’s human capital is laid, must continue to function even when resources are tight. The hard evidence is there for all to see: public universities without the means to enrol every technically-qualified applicant. Teachers then, are the ones on whose backs the progress of this country was, is and will continue to be propelled. So, respect them!
NST Editorial 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 @ 8:05 AM