It is only right and logical that UCE be recognized for entry into local public universities as well as for employment in the public sector.
The Education Ministry’s allocation estimates came up for parliamentary debate yesterday..
I took part in the debate and brought up the issues of admissions into Matriculation colleges and the non recognition of Unified Examinations Certificates.
Every year thousands of students apply to get into the Matriculation Colleges but only the lucky ones will be successful.
The intake is hardly transparent.
Worse still, the present policy of the Government on the intake of students to study at matriculation is highly questionable.
For the non-Malays, intake is opened to a limit of 10% only. Why should there be a racial quota?
Education is human rights and thus all our children should be given equal opportunities as long as they are academically qualified.
Matriculation being an internally conducted examination is an easier programme compared with STPM
Why this anomaly of two exams for entry into Universities?
The government must also look into the plight of students who take the Unified Examination Certificate.
There are 61 Independent Chinese Schools in Malaysia. The students of these schools sit for a common examination known as the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Unfortunately the UEC is not recognized by the Government. This results in UEC holders being unable to apply to gain entry into any local public university or to apply to get a government job.
But the UEC is recognized for intake into undergraduate degrees by many foreign universities and local private universities.
These universities include renowned world ranking universities.
Every year many top UEC achievers are offered places and even scholarships as encouragement to enroll at Singapore universities and this aggravates the brain drain problem which our nation is facing.
It is only right and logical that UCE be recognized for entry into local public universities as well as for employment in the public sector