“No issue with UEC” – Idris Jusoh

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KUALA LUMPUR: There is no issue with implementing the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) if it complies with the national education policy.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said there should be no fuss over the UEC if it adopts the basics of the national syllabus.

“If the Bahasa Malaysia and History subjects are consistent with the national policy, there is no reason why we shouldn’t accept it.

“In fact, I don’t see what the problem is in accep­ting UEC,” Idris told reporters after opening the eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning at the KL Convention Centre here yesterday.

Idris was commenting on the position taken by Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), which recently urged the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not to recognise the UEC – claiming that the examination system was not in line with the national education policy.

During its annual general meeting at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka here last Sunday, GPMS president Zambri Mohd Isa argued that UEC disregarded the national education policy, and instead used a curriculum that was “copied from Taiwan”.

The transparency of the system was also doubtful as it was administered by a private body, Zambri was quoted as saying in a local daily yesterday.

Last week, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said foreign entrepreneurs, especially those from China, had a high regard for Chinese school students from Malaysia.

“Chinese entrepreneurs think highly of them, and will give priority to them (during job interviews),” he said as he reaffirmed MCA’s commitment to push for the recognition of UEC as well as the development of Chinese education in the country. – The Star

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