UEC recognition undecided

UEC recognition undecided

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has not decided on the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as the matter is still in the stage of obtaining feedback from various parties, said minister Maszlee Malik.

“As we all know, we at the ministry have formed a committee to study the UEC policy and today we introduced the committee members and presented activities that it would do,” Maszlee said in response to a supplementary question from Opposition Leader Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) at the Dewan Rakyat.

“Hence no decision was made and any decision will be finalized in the cabinet,” he said in response to the question on UEC recognition.

Maszlee also explained that the controversial intake of UEC graduates for the Bachelor of Education programme at the Teachers Education Institute had been implemented since 2012 by the previous BN government.

He also stressed that the Education Ministry did not discriminate any mother language education within the Malaysian education system.

The ministry always ensures that mother tongue education is updated in terms of curriculum, teaching aids and teaching and learning methods so that it is effective and of high quality,” he said.

He also added that it is vital to have a good command of Malay language as a means to inculcate unity and identity of Malaysians. He acknowledged that the English language is vital to prepare individuals to compete at the international stage while maintaining Mandarin and Tamil languages as core subjects in vernacular schools

He said this in response to the originating question from Steven Choong Shiau Yoon  (OH-Tebrau) who questioned on whether the government would relook at certain paragraphs in the Malaysian Education Development Plan that is seen as discriminatory towards vernacular education.

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