Groups wary of UEC move at SM Chong Hwa


FIVE Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion groups said al­low­ing stu­dents of SM Chong Hwa, Kuan­tan to sit for the UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate) ex­am­i­na­tion may jeop­ar­dise the 60 Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools in Malaysia.

In a joint statement on Mon­day, the Fed­er­a­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of Chi­nese Ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor Chi­nese School Com­mit­tees As­so­ci­a­tion, Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor Chi­nese Schools Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Perak Chi­nese Ed­u­ca­tion­ists As­so­ci­a­tion and Pe­nang Chi­nese In­de­pen­dent Schools Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion urged those con­cerned with Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion not to gam­ble with the fu­ture of Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Sin Chew Daily yes­ter­day, the statement pointed out that the lat­est episode in­volv­ing SM Chong Hwa is not the first time the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has taken a con­tra­dic­tory stand on whether the school’s stu­dents can sit for the UEC exam.

“Each time the ques­tion of whether SM Chong Hwa can con­duct the UEC be­comes a hot topic, some politi­cians would barge in to pacify the Chi­nese com­mu­nity with as­sur­ances that the au­thor­i­ties would not ban the UEC just be­cause it was con­ducted for stu­dents from a school not of­fi­cially re­garded as a Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent school.

The five groups pointed out that the school’s ap­proval let­ter is proof of its iden­tity: that it is not a Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent school.

“Since the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter and the ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral are vested with the power to de­cide (on the school’s sta­tus), they should amend the ap­proval let­ter to make SM Chong Hwa a bona fide Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent school,” said the statement.

It also said the ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral should ex­plain the ba­sis on which he is­sued a let­ter that SM Chong Hwa’s stu­dents would not be barred from sit­ting for the UEC.

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