KUCHING: Selangor is following Sarawak’s lead in recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
When tabling Selangor’s State Budget 2016 yesterday, Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said state-owned Universiti Selangor (Unisel) would recognise the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary School’s UEC beginning next year.
“The state government acknowledges the big role played by the Chinese independent schools in human development,” he said in his budget speech.
“This effort (in recognising UEC) will help avoid the brain drain problems that are worsening.
“Statistics show that 3,000 students graduate with UEC every year.”
Last month, Sarawak created history of sorts when it announced that UEC holders could apply to join the state’s civil service.
Holders of this certification could also apply for education loans or scholarships from Yayasan Sarawak. They may soon be able to enrol with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
The UEC examination is handled by United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) . It is held every year, but UEC is not recognised by the federal government.