No fixing of marks in USIM, says ministry thesundaily.com
by Tan Yi Liang
PETALING JAYA: An investigation into allegations
of marks-fixing at Universiti Sains Islam
Malaysia (USIM) by former law lecturer Yasmin
Norhazleena Bahari Md Noor found no proof of
her claims, said the Higher Education Ministry.
In a statement issued yesterday to refute
Yasmin’s claims, the ministry’s director-general,
Radin Umar Radin Sohadi, said: “USIM
has proved there was no marks-fixing in its
investigations, and the allegations of such a
practice are wholly untrue”.
“The statement by the minister of higher
education (on June 25) that marks-fixing is
wholly unacceptable is true,” it said.
It pointed out that a thorough examination
was conducted by the ministry after receiving
Yasmin’s complaints in June last year.
“After receiving the first complaint on June
10, 2008, the Ministry of Higher Education
began an investigation into the matter, evaluating
the manner in which exam scripts were
evaluated and whether there was injustice to
the complainant,” it said.
The Public Complaints Bureau had also
investigated the matter, and decided no further
action was required, it said.
The statement said USIM has clear internal
rules and procedures in the marking of exam
scripts and grading students.
“The USIM system of assessing and marking
exams has clear policies and procedures. Every
exam decision is discussed and examined at
the undergraduate examiners committee
meeting at faculty level, before being brought
to the university senate for validation or re-examination
if there is any doubt to its fairness,”
The ministry also said USIM had received
MS ISO 9001:2000 accreditation from Sirim,
which proves USIM has clear and transparent
systems for its examinations,” it said.
USIM’s public relations offi ce said the matter
had been settled and it was “no longer an