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Minister: No plans to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate
Published on: Thursday, July 28, 2022
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Minister: No plans to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate
The Pakatan Harapan-led government formed a task force to gather views on recognising the UEC when it was in power. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry does not plan to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), said its Minister, Radzi Jidin.

In a parliamentary written reply, he said the school-leaving examination for Chinese-medium high schools went against the National Education Policy.

“The National Education Policy was implemented through a national education system for the national language to be used as the main medium of instruction, a national curriculum to be used, and students to sit for the same examination.

“This is to fulfil the nation’s aspirations and needs for the future while fostering unity among the people, in line with the Rukun Negara,” he said.

By comparison, Radzi pointed out that Chinese-medium high schools used Mandarin as their medium of instruction while they had their own curriculum developed by the Chinese education group Dong Zong.

“Therefore, the UEC needs to adhere to the National Education Policy in order for the government to consider (recognising it) in the future,” he said.

He was replying to Wong Kah Woh (PH-Ipoh Timur), who asked if the government planned to recognise UEC for public university applications. The DAP MP also asked about the amount of funds Putrajaya would be channelling to Chinese-medium high schools this year.

Radzi said the ministry had never channelled funds to these schools because they offered the UEC, which was not in line with the National Education Policy, the Education Act 1996 and other existing legislation.

When Pakatan Harapan was in government, it formed a task force to gather views on recognising the UEC, which was among the coalition’s election pledges in 2018.

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