KUALA LUMPUR – The Education Ministry has introduced a new standard operating procedure to ensure the handling of Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah examination papers is more stringent and secure.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the new procedure would see the chief invigilator sending the papers to the headmasterâ€™s room for safekeeping as soon as they were brought to the school.
The papers would be locked in a cupboard in the headmasterâ€™s room until the time of the examination.
â€œThe stricter measures are to ensure that the credibility of the exam and confidence of the people towards the exam is maintained,â€ he said after visiting several schools in the Klang Valley yesterday.
Khair visited Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Tun Dr Ismail 1, SK Jalan Bellamy; Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Cina Jalan Davidson; SJK Tamil St Joseph and SK Sentul yesterday to check on their preparations for the resit of the English and Science papers today.
A total of 473,175 pupils from 8,384 schools nationwide are expected to resit the papers, along with Maths and Tamil on Oct 9, following the discovery that the papers had been leaked.
Khair said he was satisfied with the preparations by schools nationwide and was confident that the re-examination would proceed smoothly.
He stressed that it was compulsory for pupils to resit the examination.
â€œIf they refuse, they will be graded as â€˜Tâ€™, which stands for Tidak Hadir (Absent).
â€œHowever, this will not prevent them from continuing to secondary school.â€ – NST