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General : Eight Members Of Public Exams Review Panel Named

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 18 (Bernama) — Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Thursday announced the names of the eight members of the independent panel set up to review the standard operating procedure for public examinations following a leak in examination papers for this year’s Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR).

They are Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh, president of the Malaysian Institute of Integrity; Datuk Dr Asariah Mior Shaharuddin, former deputy director-general of education (development of teaching professionalism); Tan Sri Prof Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, former vice-chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Datuk Johari Jamaluddin, director-general of Chief Government Security Office; Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia; Tan Sri K. Kumaran, former deputy rural and regional development minister and Lok Yim Pheng, secretary-general of the National Union of the Teaching Profession.

The panel is chaired by former chief justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi, whose appointment was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday.

The review of the SOP for public examinations comes in the wake of the leak in the Science and English examination papers for this year’s UPSR which was held last week. Pupils will have to sit for the papers in the two subjects on Sept 30.

Idris said the eight panel members were high-profile individuals experienced and expert in the fields of law, education, teaching, cyber security, multimedia, communications and security.

The panel would review the SOP for public examinations and make recommendations for improvement in terms of operations, manpower and management, he said.

“The recommendations will be submitted in three months or earlier,” he told a press conference after the pre-launch of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of public institutions of higher learning at the Education Ministry in Putrajaya.

Idris said the chairman of the panel would be given a briefing this week and the panel was expected to hold its inaugural meeting as early as next week.

Following the leak in the UPSR examination papers, the police have picked up 12 individuals, 10 of them teachers, one an insurance agent and one, an engineer, to assist in their investigation.

–BERNAMA

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