PETALING JAYA: DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said Muhyiddin Yassin’s pledge to get to the bottom of the UPSR examination leaks “must be taken with a pinch of salt”.
Lim attributed Muhyiddin’s outrage over the leaks to the simple fact that he was made to look foolish among his peers at the education conference he’s attending in Vientiane.
Lim said, ”nobody will give it much credence” because Muhyiddin himself has failed to show any comprehension of the recurring leaks since he assumed the office of Education Minister five years ago.”
He also pointed out Muhyiddin’s apparent lack of awareness on various issues concerning his ministry.
“Muhyiddin seems to be the only person in Malaysia not to know that leaks in examination papers conducted by the Malaysian examination authority are not unusual occurrences,” Lim said.
He added, “Muhyddin seemed to be the only Malaysian not to know that English is not a compulsory pass subject for SPM,” Lim said in his speech at a DAP Bukit Pasir Branch dialogue held in Bukit Pasir, Pagoh yesterday.
Lim regarded the recurrence of examination leaks as “signs of a system of corrupt governance which is getting from bad to worse.”
He said that despite numerous announcements in the past that investigations were being carried out, “nothing has been heard about these investigations”, leading Lim to question just how serious the Education Ministry was in finding the culprits.
The DAP strongman also felt that the entire education system was in need of a revamp based on our students’ poor track record in PISA.
He said, ”In 2009, the Programme for International Students (PISA) had ranked Malaysia in the bottom third of the 74 participating countries.
“In the 2012 PISA, only 1.3 per cent of students in Malaysia made it to the ‘top performers’ bracket in maths, i.e. (reaching Level 5 or 6) as compared to the other nations.”
Lim added, ”Malaysia’s university education has long fallen out of top world-class rankings.”