OUR Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem has done it again. This time he has recognised the Unified Chinese Certificate (UEC), which those who attend Chinese-medium secondary schools, known as Chinese Independent Schools, attain.
The UEC Senior Middle Level is equivalent to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
According to Wikipedia the UEC-SML is recognised as a qualification for entrance into many tertiary educational institutions around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, and Canada.
Know where it is not recognised? Malaysia for entry into public universities, but apparently most private colleges recognise it. Also if you want a civil service job, UEC is not recognised.
Until now that is. Well in Sarawak, Malaysia anyway!
In May, Adenan promised he would continue to fight for recognition of the UEC, when he pledged RM5 million to the State’s 14 Chinese Independent Schools next year, after contributing a grant of RM4 million this year, an increase from RM3 million last year.
He’s a man of his word and now the State Cabinet will endorse the UEC at its meeting this week.
Sarawak is the first and only state in Malaysia to do so.
And rightly so. As mentioned the UEC is recognised globally, so how can we deny those who go through the system, some of whom are also non-Chinese, the same opportunities as Anak Sarawak?
The only caveat is the Chinese school graduates are also required to possess a credit in Bahasa Malaysia at a minimum. Only fair if they are joining the civil service.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) will also accept UEC holders soon.
As mentioned in my previous post in May, the CM, who is Yayasan Sarawak chairman, also welcomed UEC holders to apply for the Foundation’s scholarships and loans.
Our State has proven that it takes concrete steps to ensure ALL Sarawakians have the opportunity to be a part of Sarawak’s transformation story.
I don’t know about you, but from what I have seen in recent times, I couldn’t be prouder and more grateful to be a Sarawakian.
The story from the Malay Mail:
SUPP: Sarawak provisionally adopts UEC for civil service hiring
KUCHING, Sept 21 — Sarawak has agreed in principle to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as a qualification for entry into its civil service, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian announced today.
Following a meeting with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Sim said the decision will allow UEC holders from Chinese independent schools to meet entry requirements to join the civil service.
“The state Cabinet will endorse the recognition at this week’s Cabinet meeting,” Sim told Malay Mail Online.
“I am glad to say that Sarawak is the first and only State in Malaysia to give due recognition to UEC qualification,” he said.
The UEC qualification is the equivalent of the SPM.
Sim added, however, that UEC holders will not be eligible for pensions as that would require similar changes at the federal level, but will instead join the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) that is applicable to the private sector.
Chinese school graduates are also required to possess a credit in Bahasa Malaysia at a minimum.
“The State Civil Service is an autonomous body and does not depend on the Federal Public Service Commission for approval,” he said.
He said UEC holders will be accepted to study at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UEC), and that the Management of the Chinese School Board will work with the UNIMAS Senate to work out the technical details.
“Those UEC holders with good grades will also be accepted to study medicine at the university,” Sim said.
He said the Chief Minister also told him that UEC holders may apply to Sarawak Foundation for study loans, just like the holders of SPM or STPM, upon being accepted into UNIMAS or the Miri Campus of Curtin University of Technology and Kuching Campus of Swinburne University of Technology.
He said Curtin and Swinburne have already accepted students with UEC entry qualifications.
Sim said SUPP together with the Management of the Chinese School Board have been working hard to get the State government to recognise UEC as one of the qualifications to enter the State Civil Service.
“To me, it is not really a surprise that the chief minister has given his approval,” he said.