Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nancy Shukri has joined the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) leaders in applauding Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and the state government for recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) qualifications.
Nancy, who sent all her children to Chinese schools for their primary education, said she lauded the Sarawak Chief Minister’s decision to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate.
The recognition would motivate students regardless of their race to pursue their studies at primary schools using Mandarin as the medium of instruction, she told reporters here Wednesday.
On Monday SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian announced that Sarawak will be the first and only state in Malaysia to recognise the UEC as a qualification for entry into its civil service.
Party secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew said the Chinese educators and Chinese community of Sarawak were very happy and extremely grateful to the chief minister for such wonderful news by recognising the UEC qualifications.
The UEC is a standardised test for Chinese independent high school students organised by Dong Zong, the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM) since 1975.
This recognition allows UEC graduates with a Bahasa Melayu credit in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to apply for government jobs, obtain loans and scholarships from Yayasan Sarawak, apply to study at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) pending agreement on the technical aspects, continue to apply to study at Swinburne University Kuching, Curtin University Sarawak, UCTS Sibu and also to continue applying to local teaching colleges to be trained as teachers.