MQA chief re­futes claims it recog­nises UEC

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

MALAYSIAN Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Prof Datuk Dr Ru­jhan Mustafa has re­futed any sug­ges­tion that the agency recog­nises the UEC (Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate).

He said the is­sue of recog­nis­ing the Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion ex­am­i­na­tion cer­tifi­cate has noth­ing to do with MQA, China Press re­ported yes­ter­day.

MQA, he said, has not done any ac­cred­i­ta­tion of any of the ex­am­i­na­tions con­ducted in Malaysia, in­clud­ing the UEC.

Ru­jhan told the me­dia this af­ter at­tend­ing a sem­i­nar in Pe­tal­ing Jaya on Tues­day, in re­sponse to a re­mark by Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon that UEC has been recog­nised by MQA.

While point­ing out that ex­am­i­na­tions con­ducted in the coun­try are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tions Syn­di­cate, he said MQA does not han­dle the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions used by stu­dents to gain en­try to lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties.

“Our role is the aca­demic ac­cred­i­ta­tion of higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

“As such, (re­marks) that UEC is recog­nised by MQA is a mis­un­der­stand­ing,” he said, adding that he had to ex­plain this to clear the air.

Gabun­gan Pe­la­jar Me­layu Se­me­nan­jung (GPMS) had, days ago, urged Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak to re­ject calls for the gov­ern­ment to recog­nise UEC, say­ing it is not in line with the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

It also ques­tioned the trans­parency of the ex­am­i­na­tion as “it is ad­min­is­tered by a Chi­nese pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

In re­sponse, Chong said GPMS did not un­der­stand Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion and pointed out that UEC has al­ready been recog­nised by MQA, the Chi­nese daily re­ported.

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