KUALA KANGSAR: Two teachers were charged at the Sessions Court here today for illegal possession of Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah examination papers.
K. Anparasu, 50, and M. Uma Mageswari, 27, were charged under the Official Secrets Act 1972 for having in their possession UPSR questions which were stored in their handphones.
Both of them, who are currently suspended from their service, taught at the same school – SJK (T) Keruh in Pengkalan Hulu district.
Both claimed trial to the charges brought against them.
Anparasu faces three charges of possessing Mathematics and Science papers while Uma Mageswari faces one charge for possessing Science paper.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Amril Johari appeared for the prosecution.
Both accused were represented by T. Ellanggovan.
Meanwhile, Sessions judge Johari Hassan who had earlier allowed bail of RM5,000 for Uma Mageswari and RM8,000 for Anparasu reduced the bail amount for Uma Mageswari to RM3,000.
The change was made when the court was called into session again after Ellanggovan, who came to the court after the charge proceeding had been adjourned, appealed for the bail to be reduced for Uma Mageswari.
Johari allowed the application but imposed an additional condition that Uma Mageswari must report herself to the nearest police station.
A total of 473,175 Year 6 pupils nationwide sat for their examinations this year.
However students had to resit four papers – English, Science, Mathematics and Tamil – when it was discovered that the papers had been leaked.
They sat again for the English and Science papers on Sept 30 followed by Mathematics and Tamil papers on Oct 9.-NST