Teo targets UEC recognition by this year

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching (pix) has pledged to work on getting official recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) by this year.

She said there was no need to bring the matter to Parliament as the government had previously given recognition to the A-levels certificate without debating it in the Dewan Rakyat.

"I hope I can finish this job before the end of the year, that is my aim," she was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying in Semenyih today.

"It may take time to build a school, but this (UEC recognition) can be done as soon as possible. I don't like to do things sloppily."

Putrajaya will need to sort out the mechanism to recognise the UEC, which the education minister can then bring to Parliament for approval, Teo said after attending a memorial for late DAP aide Teoh Beng Hock.

As a part of its electoral promises, Pakatan Harapan (PH) pledged to recognise UEC within 100 days of gaining federal power.

The UEC, which is issued to graduates of Chinese independent high schools, is recognised by local private higher education institutions and many universities overseas.

It has received limited recognition as an entry qualification in Sarawak, Selangor and Penang.