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Education Ministry: UPSR, PT3 cancelled for 2020, don’t be taken in by offers of ’special exams’ online

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
PETALING JAYA: Parents and the public should only believe information from official websites, says the Education Ministry.

The ministry urged parents not to be easily fooled by bogus web pages and information after an online portal was discovered to be offering Ujian Pencapaian Sekokah Rendah (UPSR) and Form 3 Assessment (PT3) “exams” to students.

“We (the Ministry) announced on April 15 that the UPSR and PT3 for year 2020 have been officially cancelled.

“However, it emerged that an online portal has started offering ‘special’ UPSR and PT3 exams that students can sit for online in September and October.


“These ‘special’ exams are not under the Examinations Syndicate’s jurisdiction and have nothing to do with us, ” the ministry said in a statement issued Wednesday (Aug 26).

It added that stern action has been taken against the parties involved in setting up the fake website as they have violated the Education Act 1996 (Act 550).

The ministry advised parents, especially those who have children in Year Six and Form Three, to refer to the ministry and the Examinations Syndicate’s official portal at and to obtain accurate and authentic information.

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PT3 and UPSR cancelled, SPM postponed (updated)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Form Three assessment (PT3) and UPSR 2020 examinations have been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination this year will also be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“The cancellation of the UPSR exams will not affect students’ assessment of their level of primary education as the assessments can be done in different ways, ” he said in a live address on RTM on Wednesday (April 15).

The UPSR results are commonly used as selection criteria for admission into boarding schools, religious secondary schools (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama), Mara Junior Science Colleges and the Royal Military College.

The ministry will therefore, he said, introduce a new assessment method that is not just focused on academic performance.

“The PT3 exam cancellation too will not affect students’ level assessment at the lower secondary level and a new assessment method will also be introduced.

“The results obtained from this method will be one of the selection criteria for admission to schools like boarding schools and technical schools, ” he said.

These results, he said, will apply to all government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and any educational institutions registered with the ministry.

Schools that are not registered with the ministry are encouraged to use the results as well.

The second-semester examination of the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will now be in August 2020, he said, while the third-semester examination will be in the first quarter of 2021.

He also said the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021.

“We will ensure that under any circumstances, student access to teaching and learning will remain a priority, ” he added.

Noting that the delayed examinations will affect admission into higher education institutions, Radzi said the ministry and the Higher Education Ministry have agreed to postpone the admission dates for foundation, matriculation and diploma programmes to either July or August 2021, while degree programmes will be postponed to either September or October 2021.

On the reopening of schools, he said a decision will be made when the government is certain the situation is better.

“At this stage, reopening schools will only involve those sitting for public examinations, such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and international equivalents.

“We will announce the dates of the reopening of schools at least two weeks in advance, ” he said.


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Exam dates rescheduled

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has rescheduled centralised and other major examinations following the extension of the movement control order until April 14.

For the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam dates, the written portion will now be conducted in one phase from Nov 16 to Dec 7.

Originally, the first phase was to start from Oct 5-14 while the second phase was from Nov 2-19.

The Form Three Assessment (PT3) which is scheduled for Sept 28 to Oct 6 will see the Bahasa Malaysia and English Language papers held on Sept 28 and Sept 29 respectively.

However, the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination dates remained unchanged, said the ministry in a statement.

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Semester 2 examination which was initially scheduled for early May has been postponed to Nov 18,19,23 and 24 while the Semester 3 examination will take place as scheduled on Nov 3,4, 5,9 and 10.

The Semester 2 examination was rescheduled to give ample time for schools to manage the remaining second semester.

Separately, all public institutions of higher education (IPTA) must begin the second semester for the current academic year between April 27 and June 1.

The Higher Education Ministry said the decision was made following the extension of the MCO.

“The decision was made after an in-depth discussion with representatives from all IPTAs and private higher education institutions (IPTS) and taking into consideration several factors, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry said among the factors were the latest MCO period and directives regarding Covid-19, students’ safety and welfare, and the Hari Raya holidays which would start on May 24.

The ministry added that it had considered the readiness of higher education institutions to implement teaching and learning using a variety of methods, including online learning, and also the need to end the current semester and begin the new 2020/2021 academic year.

“The first semester of the new academic year is expected to begin in mid-October 2020, ” it said, adding that IPTS were free to choose their own dates based on their own academic calendars and taking into account the above factors.

“Based on this, IPTAs need to manage the return of their students to the campus and take into account the above factors.”

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Advice for post PT3 students

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

An initiative of the Education Ministry means that beginning next year Form Four students will not be streamed into Arts or Science. – File photo

THE Form Three Assessment (PT3) results is out by now. It is understandable that students involved and even their parents were anxiously anticipating a good outcome.

Some will have their wishes fulfilled, several may find their results short of expectations while the rest may have wished they put in more effort. Be that as it may, what should be top most in the minds of all students involved is that they will all move up to upper secondary. They will be in Form Four, come the new school year and PT3 is over and done with!

I have a little advice for students as they move on. They should allocate some time to reflect on what they had gone through in their studies and preparation for the assessment.

More importantly, they should think through on how best to improve on their study methods and processes so that they can be more effective and efficient in their learning. It is alright to be humble; consult friends, parents and teachers if necessary. Hold on to the truth that “you reap what you sow”. Perseverance and diligence are the keys. There is no shortcut in acquiring true, solid knowledge and skills.

Then, when they are enrolled in Form Four next year, they have the opportunity to “freely” choose their “package” of subjects. This is an initiative of the Education Ministry that beginning next year, Form Four students would not be streamed into Arts or Science. Instead students can choose from “packages” that combine Science and Arts subjects. Nevertheless, constraints of facilities and availability of qualified teachers may restrict schools in providing all options.

Students may find themselves having to pick a “package” that does not contain all the subjects they want.

They may need to take a subject or two that are not in their wish list. Do not fret over this. Trust that if they have interest in and can excel in the subjects they have chosen and are offered to do, they can also summon enough interest to master the one or two subjects that are not of their option. We are talking about subjects to be taught and learnt at SPM level. If they have confidence in the subjects of their choice, they can one day move on to degree, and even Master’s or PhD level. They should have the confidence to tackle and do reasonably well in any subject at SPM level if they put in enough effort. This is simply a realistic expectation.

An interesting example is the inclusion of History as a compulsory subject in SPM. Given a choice, in the old setup, few Science stream students will opt for History. But, note how the Science students scored over the years in the History papers. And, it was not just rote learning that saw them through. There were “tough” questions that required much analytical and critical thinking. If there is a will, there is a way. Students must try cultivating this attitude as they move on to upper secondary schooling.

A healthy mind needs a healthy body. Students need to eat well, exercise enough and rest well to keep their body healthy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Avoid that path.

If students want to improve and have a better school life, take note of the above advice. Start when they are in Form Four from next year. It is never too late!


SMK Kunak scores more PT3 passes

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Photo for illustration only.

KUNAK: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kunak registered an increase in passing percentage of the Form Three Assessment (PT3) results announced Thursday.

“This year’s PT3 results improved by 42.86 per cent passes, compared to just 27.88 per cent the year before,” said its Principal Abdul Hussien Omar.

The “Strive for Excellence” slogan displayed at the school’s entrance point has been a source of inspiration for students in line with the rural school’s transformation programme.

Although the overall grade dropped this year to 3.7 compared to 3.57 last year, the number of students graduating excellently increased with the quality of achievement.

Nineteen students obtained excellent results.  Three scored 8As in all subjects, namely Emerentiana Laimin, Hee Li Lian and Natalie Richard Mekules.

Among those who scored 9As, 1B, are Mohamad Danish Ahmad, Nur Aleeya Usman, Nur Mashitah Mohd.Hamzah, and Nurul Anis Masitah Saidin.

Also scoring good grades are Kelvin Lee Zheng Li (8A,1B), Aliya Natasyah AK Steven and Nurfarah Fathin Abd.Wahab (8A,2B), Nurul Nabira Meching and Rasyidah Ramli (8A,1C) and Mohd. Firdaus Simanjunta (8A,1B,1D).

Those who scored 7As are Nur Azilah Sudin, Nursyafiqah Anibatil @ Aring, Nuraisah Ibnu, Azura Rafiullah, Sitti Amina Yusof and Nur Hidayah Junaid.

According to Hussein, six subjects showed an increase in the percentage of passes, namely Bahasa Melayu (written), English Language, Arab Language, Islamic Studies, Mathematics and Science.

Overall, the achievement is also due to support from various programmes carried out by the school and the Parents and Teachers Association.

He said the programmes included Learning and Facilitation in the Classroom, Tokoh Gemilang, Perkampungan Akademik programme, and Motivational Tuition, among others.

He also attributed it to the collaboration and commitment between teachers, school staff and parents, as well as students’ efforts and dedication in making each programme or activity a catalyst for successful achievement.

By: Ibrahim Tabir.

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Students unhappy with new PT3 format

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Happiness: Students of SMK Sri Permata in Petaling Jaya reacting with joy after collecting their PT3 results.

PETALING JAYA: Despite some of them doing well in the Form Three Assessment (PT3), a number of these students are not pleased at all with the new examination format.

Zahra Mohamad Zaki, who scored an A for Geography when the results were released yesterday, felt that the changes in the PT3 format this year was unfair.

“I found it unfair because we had to do projects and within a short time, we had to study for the written test as well, ” she said.

The SMK Sri Permata student said she could not finish her Geography written exam on time.

Zahra is among the 413,679 candidates who sat for the annual PT3.

There were three changes in the PT3 format this year. Written tests were incorporated into History and Geography besides the introduction of multiple choice questions.

Two new subjects were also introduced – Asas Sains Komputer (Computer Science Basics) and Reka Bentuk dan Teknologi (Design and Technology) – which is based on 70% written exams and 30% school-based projects.

Students sat for either one of the two subjects.

Zahra said her school had prepared them by giving exercises and extra classes.

“We were able to get the gist of the new format but it was still really hard, ” said Zahra, who scored 7As for her PT3.

Her schoolmate Samantha Hernandez George found the History written exam the toughest.

“With the new format and addition of essays, I didn’t know how to answer the questions well.

“The changes affected my results because History and Geography aren’t my worst subjects. I used to get As and Bs. This time, I got a D, ” she said.

However, she credited her teachers for being supportive.

“They revised contents from Forms One and Two with us as there weren’t any past year questions we could refer to, ” she added.

Anna Adriana Azlan, who obtained an E for Design and Technology, said the questions were tough.

“Our teachers gave us plenty of exercises to do but since no one was sure of how the format would be, it was nerve-racking, ” she said.

Anna said she also surfed YouTube a lot to watch tutorial videos for History and Geography.

“Watching these videos and going online to find material were helpful, ” she said.

However, Amanda Lee Wei Xuan was pleased with her PT3 results as it was an improvement from her trial examinations.

Amanda, who obtained 3As, said her friends and teachers motivated her.

“The new format was challenging because the announcement about the changes was only made earlier this year.

“We didn’t have enough time to prepare nor were there past year papers to refer to.”

“We felt lost in the beginning, ” she said.


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Shaping pathways towards tertiary education

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Education Ministry is moving towards mainstreaming vocational and technical education. -NSTP/Mohd Yusni Ariffin
Students who have clear aims in mind in terms of career pathways and direction in tertiary education must choose their electives options accurately to ensure they reach their goals.

COME Dec 19, results for the Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga examination will be announced, ending the suspense for Form Three students nationwide.

While some may be overjoyed and others probably less so with the results, the release of the results marks the beginning of another journey.

Next year, the third formers will advance into Form Four, following the footsteps of millions of other students in the national school system before them, taking the first step towards preparations for higher education or employment upon finishing their secondary school education.

But what is different this time around is that these group of students will have the distinction of being the first batch of Fourth Formers under the new Secondary Schools’ Standard Curriculum (Upper Secondary) or KSSM Menengah Atas.

Under the new system, students will no longer go into the conventional Arts or Science streams like before. Instead, based on student capability, availability, suitability (facilities/infrastructure), as well as consideration of each school, they will be able to choose from 89 elective subjects grouped in two packages: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and Arts and Humanities.

The new packages will allow students to pick up to five elective subjects. This will be in addition to Core Subjects (Mata Pelajaran Teras) which are Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Science, Mathematics, History and Islamic/Moral Studies, and the compulsory subjects (Mata Pelajaran Wajib) Physical and Health Education.

The announcement of Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga examination results marks the journey into Form Four where students will now be able to choose to study STEM and Arts and Humanities. -NSTP/Adzlan Sidek

However, there are concerns as to how students should select their combination of subjects, especially with regard to entry to higher education institutions.

In a briefing, Education Ministry deputy director-general (policies and development) Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim advised students to pick their subjects wisely because it paves the way for their future. She added that the students can change subjects midway through schooling, but noted that it will not be an easy feat because there will be a lot of catching up to do.

So what is the best for upper secondary school students manoeuvring the pathway to tertiary education?

What are the ways to select KSSM (Menengah Atas) subject packages that will effectively ensure students have the right qualifications for their fields of interest at tertiary level?


The STEM package offers subjects grouped under Pure Sciences and Additional Maths, Applied Science Technology and Vocational labels.

The Arts and Humanities package offers students a chance to take up a combination of subjects from the Languages, Islamic Studies as well as Humanities and Arts categories. Under Humanities and Arts, there are a variety of subjects ranging from Principles of Accounting, Economy, Business, Malay Literature, English Literature and Tamil Literature to Visual Arts and Music.

The total selection of electives under both packages, according to Dr Logendra Stanley Ponniah, head of the School of Education at Taylor’s University, suggests that the Education Ministry is moving towards mainstreaming vocational and technical education into conventional education.

Head of the School of Education at Taylor’s University Dr Logendra Stanley Ponniah.

“Students have an opportunity to curate their learning experience. This will benefit when students migrate to tertiary education, as they are more aware of the nuances of the profession of their choice,” he said.

He highlighted that the role of secondary education is to broaden student perspectives and the role of tertiary education is to entrench them into specific professions. “We should not lose our equilibrium.

We must be aware not to funnel the student too early and limit their possibilities.”

He opined that students’ perspective of the electives should be more explorative in nature than a definitive career pathway. “Students have two things working against them. One, at 16, they may not be certain what they may want to do with the rest of their life. Their thoughts and perspective are constantly evolving, so keeping a broad option is desirable.

“Second, the trend of employment and profession of the future is also evolving. How certain are we that the profession we are studying for will remain the same in the near future? One way to navigate a period of uncertainty is to study for change rather than study change itself.”

Unless a student has shown a keen interest and demonstrated talent in a specific vocational/profession — or skills-based areas like culinary or coding from early on — and whose decisions are not easily influenced by trends, the best thing is to keep options as wide as possible.

“If parents believe their children have not displayed any passion for anything, they should encourage them to study conventional STEM subjects like Pure Sciences and Additional Maths because these are critical building blocks of knowledge needed for a science-based profession and career, and a requirement for such programmes at university,” Logendra advised.

Choices in the new curriculum allow students to explore careers like coding and programming. -NSTP/Saddam Yusoff.

“Maths and Science are linear in nature — you need to learn step-by-step as opposed to Arts and Humanities where they are sequential in nature. It will be a challenge for someone to acquire them on an ad hoc basis later.”

Having said that, Logendra emphasised it is important to note that students need a balance of both STEM and arts and humanities in their education.

“Some subjects like Mathematics focus on problem-solving while others like arts and humanities focus on critical thinking. They are not the same and we need both.”


Students who have clear aims in mind in terms of career pathways and direction in tertiary education must choose their electives options accurately to ensure they reach their goals, said Associate Professor Dr Fatin Aliah Phang, an academic fellow at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education as well as senior lecturer at the varsity’s School of Education Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

“For students who wish to further foundation and matriculation studies and Form Six, related to Science, Medicine, Health, Engineering, Biotechnology and others, the option is to choose all the pure science subjects under the STEM elective which are Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Additional Mathematics after taking the core and compulsory Subjects.

Professor Dr Fatin Aliah Phang.

“For students who wish to pursue a future career in Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Manufacturing or Accounting, opt for three Pure Science subjects (which must include Additional Mathematics) and one STEM (Applied Sciences and Technology) or a non-STEM elective subject,” she added.

“To continue studies at certificate and diploma levels at public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and skill-based institutes in the fields of business, fashion or new media design, students should take a combination of two STEM (Applied Sciences and Technology) and two STEM (vocational) subjects.”

As for the Arts and Humanities package, a student can take any combination of non-STEM elective subjects and add one subject from the STEM elective (except vocational) which will enable them to continue studies or pursue a career in the related fields.

Fatin said some of the vocational or profession-based electives may have similarities with university level courses with similar projects, contents and syllabi.

“Students and parents must be aware of the content of the electives before making the choices. Teachers who have been teaching the subjects can be consulted to know more of what the subjects have to offer and the capability of the students to take them up.”


Before students select their electives, they have to make several considerations apart from looking at their talent and interests.

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Student Affairs Division psychology officer Nor Farhana Sulaiman said the they should also consider the background of the subject and industrial demand.

“Background of the subject consists of how the knowledge/subject can be applied, how it can contribute to the community and how the whole idea of the subject/knowledge can be connected to real life so that students will get an idea of how far this subject will be beneficial to them in planning their career pathway,” she said.

She noted that electives in both STEM and the Arts and Humanities packages have their own strengths and are important in building knowledge and skills needed in the industry as well as society.

“For students to know the electives they should take up, they must identify their strengths and potential. Do some self-reflection, …what are the areas you are good at, that you enjoy exploring, and the challenges you are eager to face,” she said.

Meet school counsellors for career counselling, Nur Farhana advised.

“Build a network with people in the industry such as your relative, neighbour or family friend to get the right picture of what you want to be in future.

Nor Farhana Sulaiman.

Students can start using platforms like LinkedIn to get connected with people in the workplace or field or study. Do not wait until you enrol in the university. It will give a broader understanding of certain fields and various options to help students start planning their career pathway. It is also beneficial for them to learn and discover new things about future careers.”

Siti Fatimah Abdul Ghani, head of the Intervention Section at Universiti Putra Malaysia Registrar’s Office, said the new packages under KSSM for upper secondary school students can help avoid the student-stream mismatch that was common previously.

“The options they choose will impact the course of the rest of their lives. The most important thing for students is to determine their passion. . There is no point trying to shove a square peg into a round hole: If your passion is accounting, then don’t accept the pressure of choosing Pure Sciences subjects, for example, just because that’s where ‘the smart students’ are. The choice is up to you. Remember, do what you love!

Siti Fatimah Abdul Ghani.

Whatever electives students choose, Siti Fatimah said they should inculcate good reading habits and a sense of inquiry as these skills will enable them to learn and grasp the knowledge and skills better.


Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Dr Elizabeth Lee said the offering of electives for Form Four students looks more like a bundling of both the Science and Arts, which she believes will be good for students as it will make them a lot more rounded in their upper secondary education.

“It should enable students to make a well-prepared and informed choice of tertiary studies as they have had the opportunity to study a variety of subjects to know what’s of most interest and suitable for themselves,” she said.

Dr Elizabeth Lee.

Lee mused that perhaps universities need to change too and allow for more Liberal Arts subjects or electives at the tertiary level. “It is believed that in the age of robotics and AI, we need graduates to be a lot more creative and artistic as machines can and will take over the more skills-based work,” she said.

Fatin, meanwhile, said universities should view the offering of vocational or profession-based electives in upper secondary as an opportunity to revise their curriculum in view of the new Secondary Schools’ Standard Curriculum (upper secondary).

“For example, diploma programmes in related electives such as Computer Science, Fashion, Graphic Design and others can allow students to transfer some credits. This can shorten the study period or add other advanced content into existing diploma programmes,” she said.

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PT3 results out on Dec 19

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

THE Form Three Assessment (PT3) results will be out on Dec 19 instead of Dec 12, as was previously scheduled.

Examinations Syndicate director of examinations Adzman Talib confirmed the change in date.

He added that this was to allow teachers enough time to enter the marks into the system provided.

“There have been complaints from teachers saying they have had some trouble entering the grades in the last two weeks before their deadline,” he said in a text message.

He said the actual date for the results announcement is subject to many factors.

Although it has been stipulated in the examination schedule, Adzman said that that was only a suggested date and it would still depend on factors such as the data cleaning process, studies on the overall performance of students at the national level and the accuracy of the student’s information.

“The PT3 results would be given together with the student’s school-based assessment, assessment of physical, sports and co-curricular activities, and psychometric assessment.

In 2014, the PT3 replaced the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination.

PT3 is one of the four assessments under the overall school-based assessment system.

Every year, about 450,000 candidates sit for the PT3.

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Education Ministry: No need for re-sit of PT3

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Education Ministry in a statement said that candidates will not have to re-sit their PT3 exam, following claims that some papers were leaked. -NSTP/Sharul Hafiz Zam

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for candidates to re-sit the Form Three Assessment (PT3) examinations.

The Education Ministry, addressing fears of an exam re-sit following claims that some of the papers were leaked, today clarified that there is no need to do so.

In a statement today, the ministry explained that the management of the PT3 examination is similar to that of year-end examinations, and that the examination papers are standardised.

“The PT3 is administered by the schools based on instruments and standardised scoring prepared by the Examination Board.

“It is a shared accountability between the schools and the Examination Board.

“In this matter, the Education Ministry gives its assurance that it remains committed towards ensuring fairness for the candidates, and that the veracity of the PT3 results will be assessed in accordance to standardised methods and procedures used by the world examination bodies,” it said.

The ministry said the PT3 examinations for the following papers will continue as follows:

Oct 7, 2019: Science, Pendidikan Islam, Al-Syariah

Oct 8, 2019: History, Maharat al-Quran Paper 1, Usul al-Din

Oct 9, 2019: Bahasa Melayu Papers 1 and 2

The ministry also urged the public to not create issues which could worry parents and exacerbate pressure on examination candidates.

On Tuesday, the ministry denied claims of a leak in the English Language paper and that candidates would have to re-sit the paper on Oct 10.

More than 400,000 students nationwide are sitting for the PT3, which started Tuesday with the English Paper 1 and 2.

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NUTP: Hold culprits accountable for PT3 exam paper leaks

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan Huat Hock says it is best to allow authorities to probe the alleged PT3 exam papers leak. -NSTP/Abdullah Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR: The culprits must be held accountable and brought to justice, should claims that Form Three Assessment (PT3) exam papers have been leaked prove to be true.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan Huat Hock said this would serve as a lesson to all and hopefully put an end to such incidents in the future.

“At this stage however, it is best to allow the authorities to investigate and identify the culprits.”

Tan added that whoever leaked the examination papers had done teachers a disservice and put the students under unnecessary stress over the possibility of having to resit for the examination.

“Worst of all, the culprit(s) have brought shame to the nation and made us a laughing stock of the world.

“People will lose confidence in our national education system.”

Tan added that the examination paper leakage was an issue of integrity.

“PT3 is a school-based examination, with the question and answer script prepared by the Malaysian Examination Syndicate and managed by the schools.

“Therefore, those involved must have integrity,” he said today.

According to the PT3’s standard operating procedure (SOP), it is the responsibility of the school head, senior assistant (administration) and PT3 secretary to download and print the exam question papers.

Yesterday, the Education Ministry in a statement said individuals handling the PT3 examination papers must adhere to standard operating procedures to ensure secrecy and the security of the papers.

“It is compulsory that those who signed the Official Secrets Act 1972 observe the procedures to ensure quality of the question papers and maintaining secrecy,” it said.

“PT3 examination papers are a limited classified document.

“All administrative and assessment personnel are responsible for the secrecy and safety of the papers.

“It is to be duly noted that the examination papers and scoring guide must be kept in a locked room in the school.

“To ensure secrecy and safety, the movement of the papers as well as the scoring guide must be recorded,” it said.

The ministry said state Education Departments should investigate the allegation of an exam paper leak, adding that action could be taken against any individual or group involved in the spread of the classified documents.

On Tuesday, the ministry denied claims of a leak in the English Language paper and that candidates would have to resit the paper on Oct 10.

More than 400,000 students nationwide are sitting for the PT3, which started Tuesday with the English Paper 1 and 2.

PT3 was introduced in 2014, replacing the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR).

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