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.