Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the issue was raised at the post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“We recognise that the system has its flaws and the software is not perfect,” he told a press conference after visiting the site for the relocation of SJK (C) Kheng Chee from Karak, Pahang, to Pusat Bandar Puchong Section Five yesterday.
“We will give them (the teachers) more time to do the submission. Teachers do not have to worry about being penalised for not meeting the deadline,” he said.
Asked if the Education Ministry would decide on a new deadline, Dr Wee said the director-general would make a further announcement later.
Dr Wee said the system known as SAPS or System of Analysis for School Examination had caused frustration and anger among teachers.
Under the Education National Key Result Area (NKRA) initiative, teachers are required to submit the exam data online.
However, the system has not been working well and many teachers have described the portal as “extremely slow” and not user-friendly.
On another matter, said Dr Wee, the relocation of SJK (C) Kheng Chee would solve the issue of over-populated schools in Puchong. SJK (C) Kheng Chee in Karak only has three pupils and four teachers, including the headmaster.
Dr Wee said the Government always looked after the needs of the Chinese schools and had taken action to prove it. When the Selangor state government made promises for land, he said, it should deliver them.
He said the school would be built and completed by 2013 for its first batch of pupils. The school is expected to accommodate up to 2,000 pupils.
Puchong MCA division chairman Datuk Wong Hock Aun said some pupils in Puchong were forced to go to schools outside of Puchong such as Sungai Way and Old Klang Road because there were not enough places in the schools there.
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Source: The STAR News Nation Friday August 5, 2011