Maths and Tamil papers leaked, too

PETALING JAYA- Will there be another resit now that even the UPSR Mathematics and Tamil examination papers have also been leaked?

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said police were looking into the matter and so was the independent committee specially tasked to address the UPSR leaks.

"The police will get to the root of the problem, so the ministry has decided to let the police carry out their duties," he told The Star.

"Now that the Malaysian Examination Syndicate has lodged a report, we (the Education Ministry) are shocked. I hope the new committee formed would be able to make a decision on the further action as soon as possible.

"I am disgusted with the people who have done this," he said.

Kamalanathan also said the ministry would meet today to discuss if there was a possibility for a resit.

"However the resit of the Science and English papers will go on as scheduled on Sept 30," he added.

Kamalanathan also said most teachers went beyond the call of duty and the reputation of the nation's teaching force should not be based on the actions of a few bad apples.

"I urge parents and pupils to bear with us and I am truly sorry and regret all that has happened."

He assured that the ministry would find a solution as soon as possible.

Over 470,000 pupils sat for the Mathematics paper on Sept 9 and 10 while around 18,000 pupils took the Tamil paper on Sept 10.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said fresh investigations would be launched.

Police have recorded statements from 30 individuals to facilitate investigation into the leak in this year's UPSR exam papers.

Of the 14 people detained, 12 are teachers. An insurance agent and engineer have also been detained.

Eleven of the 14 people detained to assist police in the investigation were released on police bail. The other three will be remanded until Monday.

Following the leaks, English papers 014/1 and 014/2 were cancelled after pupils sat for the papers last Thursday, while the examinations for the Science 018, 028 and 038 papers were postponed before the pupils could sit for them on the same day last week.

The Examinations Syndicate has fixed Sept 30 for the pupils to resit the examinations.