• Mampukah Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga merupakan Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia meyakinkan ibu bapa dan para pelajar bahawasanya kes ‘kebocoran’ kertas peperiksaan UPSR, PT3, SPM dan peperiksaan STPM tidak akan terjadi lagi?

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang, pada 11 September, 2014

    Mampukah Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga merupakan Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia meyakinkan ibu bapa dan para pelajar bahawasanya kes ‘kebocoran’ kertas peperiksaan UPSR, PT3, SPM dan peperiksaan STPM tidak akan terjadi lagi?

    Kementerian Pelajaran telah mengumumkan semalam pada 10 September 2014 bahawa, tiga kertas peperiksaan UPSR bagi mata pelajaran Sains – 018, 028 dan 038 – telah dibocorkan secara “online”. Sehubungan dengan itu, peperiksaan tersebut telah ditangguhkan daripada 11 September 2014 kepada 30 September 2014 menyebabkan peperiksaan UPSR yang dijadualkan tamat pada hari ini iaitu 11 September 2014, hanya akan selesai pada 30 September 2014.

    Kecuaian Lembaga Peperiksaan ini bukan sahaja akan memberi kesan kepada 472,853 pelajar Darjah Enam yang sedang menduduki peperiksaan UPSR di seluruh negara kerana seluruh keluarga mereka akan juga terkesan dengan permasalahan ini.[1] Pelajar-pelajar yang telah bersiap sedia daripada aspek mental untuk menamatkan peperiksaan UPSR dalam masa tiga hari kini terpaksa menunggu selama tiga minggu lagi. Sehubungan dengan itu, ibu bapa yang telah merancang aktiviti sepajang musim percutian bersama keluarga terpaksa menyusun semula perancangan mereka. Kesan yang terbesar ialah keyakinan para ibu bapa dan pelajar yang semakin merudum terhadap kerajaan dalam memastikan kerahsiaan dan integriti kertas peperiksaan daripada dibocorkan.

    Permohonan maaf di atas permasalahan kebocoran kertas peperiksaan tersebut oleh Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang merupakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia merangkap Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia adalah tidak mencukupi. Beliau mesti memberikan jaminan bahawa kebocoran kertas peperiksaan UPSR tidak akan berlaku lagi bagi mata pelajaran Sains yang akan diambil pada 30 September nanti. Pada masa yang sama, jaminan bahawa tiada kebocoran kertas peperiksaan untuk peperiksaan PT3 yang akan berlangsung dari 13 hingga 17 Oktober 2014,[2] kertas peperiksaan SPM yang bermula pada 3 November 2014 sehingga 2 Disember 2014 serta kertas peperiksaan STPM mesti diberikan. Integriti dan keselamatan bagi kertas peperiksaan PT3, SPM dan STPM adalah lebih penting kerana sekiranya berlaku kebocoran, keputusan untuk mengambil semula atau menangguhkan peperiksaan tersebut tidak relevan memandangkan masa yang terhad pada akhir tahun 2014.

    Mutakhir ini, dengan kemudahan telefon pintar dan teknologi salinan “softcopy” kertas peperiksaan memaksa Lembaga Peperiksaan untuk lebih bekerja keras bagi memastikan integriti kertas-kertas peperiksaan tersebut. Sebagai contoh, kertas peperiksaan PT3 akan dimuat turun[3] ke dalam komputer guru-guru di sekolah-sekolah dan menjadikan mereka sasaran mudah bagi penggodam serta pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab yang mahu ‘mencuri’ kertas peperiksaan tersebut untuk kepentingan komersial dan peribadi. Justeru, selain salinan “hardcopy” kertas peperiksaan disimpan dengan selamat, salinan “softcopy’’ juga perlu dijaga dan disimpan dengan lebih selamat.

    Perlu diingat bahawa pada tahun 2013 terdapat khabar angin mengatakan bahawa beberapa kertas peperiksaan SPM telah bocor. Pada masa itu, Lembaga Peperiksaan menolak khabar angin ini dan membenarkan peperiksaan SPM untuk diteruskan seperti yang telah dirancang.[4] Sebagai respon terhadap khabar angin ini, Kementerian Pelajaran telah mengumumkan penubuhan satu jawatankuasa khas berperanan untuk menyiasat khabar angin itu. Malangnya, sehingga hari ini tidak ada sebarang maklumat hasil penemuan jawatankuasa khas tersebut. Sekiranya jawatankuasa khas ini telah melaksanakan tugas mereka dengan baik, bukankah cadangan ataupun tindakan proaktif telah dirancang untuk mengelakkan kebocoran kertas peperiksaan UPSR bagi mata pelajaran Sains pada tahun ini?

    Timbalan Perdana Menteri boleh menunjukkan komitmen beliau bagi melindungi integriti dan keselamatan peperiksaan-peperiksaan utama di negara ini dengan berjanji untuk meletakkan jawatan sekiranya kertas peperiksaan UPSR, PT3, SPM dan STPM bocor sekali lagi pada masa depan. Adakah beliau berani dan bertanggungjawab untuk melakukan perjanjian tersebut?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    [1] http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/leaked-upsr-paper-to-be-investigated-under-official-secrets-act

    [2]http://www.moe.gov.my/cms/upload_files/files/JADUAL%20PT3%202014.pdf

    [3]http://apps2.moe.gov.my/lponline/v1/images/bahan/pt3/2014/Surat%20Siaran%20Jadual%20Waktu%20Jadual%20Kerja%20Peraturan%20Pentadbiran%20Ujian%20Bertulis%20PT3%20Tahun%202014.pdf

    [4] [4] http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/leaked-spm-papers-claim-will-be-investigated

  • Can the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, assure parents and students that there will be no further exam paper ‘leaks’ for UPSR, PT3, SPM and STPM exams?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 11th of September 2014

    Can the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, assure parents and students that there will be no further exam paper ‘leaks’ for UPSR, PT3, SPM and STPM exams?

    The Ministry of Education announced yesterday, on the 10th of September, 2014 that three Science papers for the UPSR exams – 018, 028 and 038 – had been leaked online and as a result, this exam, which was originally scheduled for the 11th of September, will be postponed to the 30th of September. This means that the UPSR exams, which were originally scheduled to be completed today, the 11th of September, will only be finished on the 30th of September.

    This major error on the part of the Examinations Syndicate does not only affect the 472,853 Primary Six students who are currently sitting for the UPSR exams nationwide, it affects their families as well.[1] Students who were preparing mentally to complete their UPSR exams in three days will now have to wait another 3 weeks. Parents who may have planned activities and holidays for the family will now have to readjust their schedules. The confidence of both parents and students in the secrecy and integrity of future exam papers would also have been affected.

    It is not sufficient for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to apologize for the leakage of the UPSR Science paper. He must give the assurance that leaks will not occur for the UPSR Science paper which will be taken on the 30th of September. At the same time, he must also give the assurance that similar leaks will not occur for the PT3 written papers which will take place from the 13th to the 17th of October[2], the SPM written papers which will take place from the 3rd of November to the 2nd of December, and the STPM written papers. The integrity and security of the PT3, SPM and STPM papers are all the more important given that there may not be enough time at the end of the year to retake or to postpone these exams.

    In this day and age, with the easy availability of smartphones and soft copies of the exam papers, the Examinations Syndicate must work doubly hard in order to ensure the integrity of the exam papers. For example, the PT3 exams are to be downloaded[3] into the computers of teachers in the schools and this makes them easy targets for hackers and other irresponsible parties who want to ‘steal’ these papers for commercial and personal interest. Hence, not only must the physical copies of the exam papers be kept safe but the soft copies as well.

    It is worth noting that there were rumours that certain SPM papers had been leaked last year, in 2013. At that time, the Examinations Syndicate dismissed these rumours and allowed the SPM exams to continue as planned.[4] In response to these rumours, the Education Ministry announced the setting up of a special task force to investigate these rumours. Unfortunately, no details were forthcoming as to the findings of this special task force. If this special task force had done its work, would it have been able to make recommendations to prevent the leaking of the UPSR Science papers?

    The Deputy Prime Minister can show his commitment to protect the integrity and security of the major examinations in the country by promising to resign if any leaks are identified for future UPSR, PT3, SPM or STPM exam papers under his watch. But will he be brave enough to make this promise?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/leaked-upsr-paper-to-be-investigated-under-official-secrets-act

    [2] http://www.moe.gov.my/cms/upload_files/files/JADUAL%20PT3%202014.pdf

    [3] http://apps2.moe.gov.my/lponline/v1/images/bahan/pt3/2014/Surat%20Siaran%20Jadual%20Waktu%20Jadual%20Kerja%20Peraturan%20Pentadbiran%20Ujian%20Bertulis%20PT3%20Tahun%202014.pdf

    [4] http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/leaked-spm-papers-claim-will-be-investigated

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