GPMS wants Na­jib to re­ject UEC

> Chi­nese school exam sys­tem not in line with na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, says group

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KAREN ARUKESAMY

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malay stu­dents group has urged Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak not to recog­nise the UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate).

Stat­ing its stand against UEC, the Gabun­gan Pe­la­jar Me­layu Se­me­nan­jung (GPMS) stressed this ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem is not in line with the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

“Re­cently, you re­ceived pres­sure from a po­lit­i­cal party to give recog­ni­tion to the UEC (as a qual­i­fi­ca­tion) for en­try to pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties.

“GPMS urges the govern­ment to re­ject any recog­ni­tion for UEC,” GPMS pres­i­dent Zam­bri Mohd Isa said at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

He said UEC has clearly “ig­nored” the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy as it does not want to abide by the na­tional cur­ricu­lum, but uses a cur­ricu­lum which is “copied from Tai­wan”.

Urg­ing Na­jib to re­think any plan to recog­nise UEC, Zam­bri said the trans­parency of the ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem is doubt­ful as it is ad­min­is­tered by a pri­vate Chi­nese body.

“We un­der­stand you are the PM for all Malaysians, but we hope you would re­con­sider any recog­ni­tion for UEC. This is not a racial mat­ter but a ques­tion of re­spect­ing the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

“UEC clearly does not re­spect the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in this coun­try. There should not be two exam sys­tems pro­vid­ing en­try to pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties as it would af­fect the chances of those with Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia (SPM),” he said.

Zam­bri said the govern­ment should strengthen unity through ed­u­ca­tion by holis­ti­cally em­pow­er­ing na­tional schools.

Na­jib did not ad­dress the UEC is­sue in his speech but urged GPMS to strive to be a “su­pe­rior” NGO in cham­pi­oning Malay dig­nity.

Na­jib has met with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry as well as rel­e­vant par­ties to find a so­lu­tion that will be ac­cept­able to all on the recog­ni­tion of UEC as a pub­lic uni­ver­sity en­trance qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

It was re­ported in July that he had in­structed min­is­ters from MCA and other Chi­nese-based par­ties to play their roles to con­vince both min­istries to recog­nise the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

On Nov 15, MCA chief Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party has vig­or­ously pushed for recog­ni­tion of the UEC.

Na­jib feeds former prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ahmad Badawi, who is a former GPMS pres­i­dent, the yel­low gluti­nous rice at the Malay stu­dents group’s AGM.

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