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UPSR: Advocates Hope Committe Can Restore Integrity Of Teaching Profession

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KUALA LUMPUR – Education advocates hope the special committee set up to look into the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Malaysian Examiniation Syndicate (MES) can help restore the integrity of the education system and teachers, following this year’s Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) fiasco.

They also hope for a thorough review of the syndicate’s SOP so that more stringent steps can be taken to protect the integrity and transparency of the system in future, taking into consideration the involvement of hi-tech ICT in the current lifestyle.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim suggests that the review include all channels of communication of the MES to prevent future leaks in public examinations.

“We hope the committee will not just look into plugging this problem, but also able to anticipate where future leaks can take place,” she said when contacted today.

She noted that the teaching profession’s integrity was marred by the incident and steps needed to be taken to restore it.

Meanwhile, MCA Education Bureau deputy chairman Chong Sin Woon hoped the panel could come up with recommendations where interest groups of the education systems could play a better role to uphold its integrity.

He said reviewing the MES’ SOP was also timely.

“It is a shameful incident and the Government cannot afford to let it happen again.

“The education ministry has to further empower the state (education departments), teachers and parents to help monitor the effectiveness of our education system” he said.

Chong also suggested that names of those involved in the leak should be published as a preventive measure and to show that the government was viewing the issue very seriously.

Earlier this week, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a special committee was being set up to review the SOP of MES after the UPSR English and Science examination papers leaked.

The eight-member independent committee is headed by former chief justice Tun Zaki Azmi.

Those sitting in the committee are Malaysian Institute of Integrity president Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi.

The committee has three months to complete its investigation and submit recommendations to the Government. – BERNAMA

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