SM Chong Hwa gets as­sur­ance over UEC


DEPUTY Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chong Sin Woon has as­sured stu­dents of SM Chong Hwa, Kuantan that they will be al­lowed to sit for the UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate) this year.

He gave the as­sur­ance on Sun­day to al­lay fears among the stu­dents that they might be barred from sit­ting for the ex­am­i­na­tion in two weeks’ time fol­low­ing claims by Chi­nese Schools Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia that the school risks putting 60 other Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools in jeop­ardy for hold­ing the pri­vate ex­am­i­na­tion, the Chi­nese press re­ported promi­nently yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier in the day, as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Chen Wen Dat showed the press a let­ter dated Sept 8 from Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tion Syn­di­cates direc­tor Datin Nawal Salleh say­ing it was an of­fence un­der Sec­tion 69(1) of the Ed­u­ca­tion Act for the school, deemed a pri­vate se­condary school given ap­proval to op­er­ate in con­form­ity with the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy, to con­duct the UEC exam.

Chen’s rev­e­la­tion caused a stir among Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion­ists as the sta­tus of the school had been a bone of con­tention be­tween two Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion groups hold­ing op­pos­ing views due to some am­bi­gu­ity in the school’s ap­proval let­ter.

Act­ing swiftly, Chong told a press con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur after con­tact­ing Ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof that the Ex­am­i­na­tion Board would be told to con­sider the let­ter null and void.

Khair had, in a let­ter to the school dated Oct 22, 2015, said the min­istry had no ob­jec­tion if the stu­dents wanted to sit for the UEC.

Ac­cord­ing to China Press, Nawal had con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a di­rec­tive, adding that the board would with­draw the let­ter im­me­di­ately. She de­clined to com­ment when asked by the daily on the board’s ear­lier stand.

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