Damages sought from Govt and Examinations Syndicate for negligence

KUALA LUMPUR - A dyslexic boy is seeking damages from the Exami­nations Syndicate and the Govern­ment for negligence leading to the recent UPSR examination leak.

Ananda Krishnan Menon, 13, who had to resit some of the papers, filed a suit at the High Court through his mother K. Mangala Bhavani.

The suit was lodged through Mes­srs Rajadevan & Associates on Oct 13.

The UPSR examination was scheduled for Sept 9 to Sept 11 but following the leak, pupils had to resit the Science, English, Mathematics and Tamil Language papers on Sept 30 and Oct 9.

In the suit, which named the Federal Government as the second defendant, Ananda Krishnan claims the Government was vicariously liable for the failure of the syndicate.

Ananda Krishnan, a pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2, claims that having to retake the exam caused him acute stress, demotivation and frustration.

He added that this was further compounded by his dyslexia, which requires him to have special needs assistance to study and tution classes with fees of RM500.

Ananda Krishnan sought special damages, general damages, aggravated damages and the costs of the suit. The court fixed Nov 12 for case management.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh confirmed that the Education Ministry was aware of the lawsuit.

"We cannot stop anyone from filing a lawsuit against the Govern­ment.

"On the ministry's side, we will do our best to make sure this incident does not happen again," he said, at an awards ceremony at the Education Ministry building, in Putrajaya.

Idris also said that the ministry has issued an apology for the incident.

"We are sorry that such an unfortunate incident has occurred. As such, we have taken preventive measures to make sure this will not happen in the future," he said.

Idris added that these measures include the setting up of an independent committee to review the standard operating procedures for public school examinations and involving the police in the investigations to nab the culprits responsible for the leaks.