PUTRAJAYA: Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) graduates from Chinese independent schools can enrol in government teachers training colleges from next year.
The entry criterion is a minimum of four credit pass in UEC, including a mandatory pass in Mandarin and SPM-level Bahasa Malaysia.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek announced the decision after discussions with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on ways to recognise the roles of these schools in training educated manpower.
The UEC examination, equivalent to the STPM, is for students who have completed six years of education in Chinese independent high schools.
“We are very happy that the Chinese independent schools’ role in nurturing talent is being acknowledged by the Government.
“Qualified graduates are encouraged to apply, and I hope more will do so as they can help solve the shortage of teachers in the country,” Dr Chua said here yesterday.
Describing the development as encouraging, he expressed hope that it would be a stepping stone to wider acceptance of UEC graduates by the Government.
“Future discussions will include allowing the graduates to enrol in public universities,” he said.
Dr Chua thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Muhyiddin and the United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong) for suggestions to solve this long-standing problem.
Dong Zong president Dr Yap Sin Tian, who described the decision as a good move, said: “We are thankful, and we will continue to engage the Government to fully recognise the UEC in future.”
A total of 60,481 students enrolled in the 60 Chinese independent schools in the country this year.
THE STAR (Tuesday December 7, 2010)