The Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) wants the UPSR to be retained, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The daily quoted its president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah as saying that Hua Zong believed that if schools were to evaluate students, it would create more confusion.
“The UPSR allows students to be evaluated under a common system.
“It will be unfair for the students if they were to be evaluated by their own schools because such a system would not be standardised,” he said.
On another matter, the daily quoted Dong Zong president Dr Yap Sin Tian as saying that independent school students would be able to apply directly to teachers training institutions after Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka assesses the standard of Bahasa Malaysia in the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Students would then only need their UEC Bahasa Malaysia when applying,” he said.
Currently, independent school students need the SPM as well.
In its editorial, Nanyang Siang Pau said the crackdown of illegal bookies by the police recently was just the tip of the iceberg.
It said more cases of gamblers borrowing money from illegal gamblers and families being harassed by Ah Long would be reported now that the World Cup is over.
“We hope the amendment to the Moneylenders Act will put a stop to illegal activities including threats and harassment by loan sharks,” it said.
Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.
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