Dong Zong: Stop politi­cis­ing UEC

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

DONG ZONG pres­i­dent Datuk Vin­cent Lau said the is­sue of recog­nis­ing UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate) should not be politi­cised again.

He said ef­forts to de­velop ed­u­ca­tion should be viewed with an open mind, the Chi­nese press re­ported yes­ter­day.

Lau said UEC is now recog­nised by many top uni­ver­si­ties around the world and its hold­ers are read­ily ad­mit­ted to lo­cal pri­vate higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, an in­di­ca­tion that there is no prob­lem with its stan­dard.

He said this in re­sponse to Malay stu­dents group Gabun­gan Pe­la­jar Me­layu Se­me­nan­jung’s call on Sun­day to the prime min­is­ter not to recog­nise UEC, say­ing the exam sys­tem is not in line with the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

Lau pointed out that the govern­ment al­lows over­seas stu­dents who do not hold STPM qual­i­fi­ca­tion to study in lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties while drag­ging its feet on recog­nis­ing UEC.

He said Dong Zong is ready to en­gage any or­gan­i­sa­tion on their opin­ions of UEC.

On an­other is­sue, Lau said Dong Zong is keep­ing close tabs on the phe­nom­e­non of Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools de­vi­at­ing from the pro­pos­als con­tained in “The Blue­print for Chi­nese In­de­pen­dent Schools”, and re­minded these schools “not to com­pro­mise them­selves”.

He said some of the schools are con­cen­trat­ing more on govern­ment-sanc­tioned ex­ams than for the UEC which is against the blue­print.

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