Pos­si­ble win-win sit­u­a­tion for UEC

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

UMNO in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa said it can be a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the govern­ment to recog­nise UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate).

He said with­out com­pro­mis­ing the col­lec­tive duty of all to­wards the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy, the is­sue of govern­ment recog­ni­tion for UEC or even other prob­lems re­lated to Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion should be given fair treat­ment, Sin Chew Daily re­ported yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing af­ter vis­it­ing Chong Hwa In­de­pen­dent High School in Kuala Lumpur on Tues­day, he said he saw light at the end of the tun­nel for UEC and there is room to cre­ate a win-win sit­u­a­tion.

An­nuar said Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools pro­vide good qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion but their Ba­hasa Malaysia and His­tory syl­labi need to be fine-tuned via meet­ings and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Chi­nese school stake­hold­ers and the govern­ment.

“Es­pe­cially for Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools’ Ba­hasa Malaysia syl­labus ... whether it com­plies with the min­i­mum re­quire­ments of the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy or in line with the Ed­u­ca­tion Act. (We) need to fol­low up on them.

“Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools’ His­tory syl­labus is also dif­fer­ent (from what is taught in na­tional schools). It cov­ers his­tory of the world and Asia but Malaysian his­tory it­self is stud­ied only as part of the Asian his­tory. We must un­der­stand that in the course of na­tion building, it is im­por­tant for citizens of this coun­try to know its his­tory.”

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