Will both Ministers of Education be ‘reassigned’ as well for their failure to conduct a speedy investigation into other leaked UPSR papers?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 23rd of September, 2014

Malaysians had already experienced two shocks when the UPSR Science paper was discovered to have been leaked on the 10th of September and had to be postponed to the 30th of September and when the UPSR English paper for national schools was discovered to also have been leaked on the 11th of September and has to be retaken on the 30th of September.

It was also reported on the 11th of September that the UPSR Mathematics paper had also been leaked. The Minister of Education II, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, was reported to have said that an investigation would be conducted into these rumours.

Yesterday, on the 22nd of September, 2014, Malaysians received two more shocks when it was announced that the UPSR Mathematics paper was indeed leaked and in addition, the UPSR Tamil paper had also been leaked. It is disgraceful and unacceptable that it took 10 days for the Ministry of Education to discover these further leaks. As a result, our Primary 6 UPSR students will have to ‘suffer’ for another 9 days to take their Mathematics and for some, their Tamil exams on the 9th of October. The UPSR exam, which was supposed to have concluded on the 11th of September, will now finish almost one month later on the 9th of October.

As a result, almost half a million affected Primary 6 students and their families have to suffer a disruption in their schedules as well as the mental anguish of having to re-sit some of the UPSR papers.

If the Director of the Examinations Syndicate / Lembaga Peperiksaan, Dr Na’imah Ishak, and her Deputy, Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh have been ‘reassigned’ to other duties[1], should not the two Ministers of Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, also be ‘reassigned’ for their failure to conduct a speedy investigation into leaks in other UPSR papers as well? Why weren’t there any contingency plans prepared in case of confirmed leaks of other papers so that the UPSR students do not have to wait until the 9th of October to re-sit their papers?

The Malaysian people, especially the students and parents affected, deserve an honest and transparent answer from both Ministers of Education for this UPSR fiasco.

[1] http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/exam-syndicate-officials-reassigned-not-suspended-says-ministry-sec-gen#sthash.AoO6Iiov.dpuf