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Friday, September 28, 2012

'Bersih question based on Edu Dept guideline'



The principal of SMK Seri Jementah in Segamat, has clarified that a question on the Bersih 3.0 protest in its Moral Studies SPM trial examination paper was based on a guideline provided by the Johor Education Department.

"The Jadual Spesifikasi Item (JSI) (Item Specification Table) said that question six should be about the Bersih illegal assembly so we followed what was given," principal Janisah Sainon said.

NONEJanisah also confirmed that the examination paper (right) had originated from the school, after Malaysiakini sent her a photograph of the question paper.

"Yes, it is from our school but there is no right or wrong in this, she (the Moral Studies teacher) was only following the JSI.

"Now that this has become an issue, I also feel guilty, but we were only following instructions," she said.

Janisah said some schools had only presented the question on illegal assembly in text format but her school had included a picture of the Bersih rally to make it clearer for students.

Earlier during the day, Janisah had said she was surprised that netizens had fingered her school over the exam paper.

"I just got to know this. I'm not sure if there is such a thing.

"I didn't expect this... Are you sure it's this school? I will have to check with my moral (studies) teacher," Janisah had said.

Even so, she had stressed that politics has never been part of the school's Moral Studies.

‘No politics in classes’

"We don't bring politics or race into our school. For Moral classes, students are only taught good values. We don't touch on any political party," she said.

Another school to have featured a similar question on the April 28 rally, SMK Aminuddin Baki, had defended its exam paper, stating that there was no intention to politicise the matter. 

A call was placed to the Johor Education Department but its director, who is on hajj, was unavailable for comment.

Malaysiakini is awaiting reply from the department's deputy director Md Hasidin Zaini.

NONEIn another development, Johor DAP has cried foul after the STPM General Studies trial examination paper in the state described Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remark for Chinese schools not to subscribe to Malay language mainstream newspapers as racistin its answer scheme.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Md Hasidin had said he would investigate the matter.

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