THE Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) standardised tests will not be cancelled this year despite Covid-19 pandemic, says Dong Zong, reported Sin Chew Daily.Its president Tan Tai Kim said the UEC exams, both for junior middle and senior middle students, would be held albeit at a postponed date.
Tan added that Dong Zong was now in talks with the Education Ministry to decide on the exam dates.
He stressed that the exams, which are usually held in October, must not be postponed beyond December.
This was because if the exams were to be postponed to 2021, senior middle students would not be able to meet the deadlines for undergraduate intake in many universities in China, he added.
At present, senior middle students who will be taking UEC exams this year have returned to school along with other SPM and STPM candidates earlier this week.
Tan said he hoped the Education Ministry would consider allowing junior middle students to return to school as they would be required to take their UEC exams as well later in the year.
The UEC exams are taken exclusively by independent Chinese schools in Malaysia.
> Consuming takeaway food every day for five years has caused a teenage girl in Hangzhou, China, to be obese and suffer diseases more commonly seen in the middle-aged, China Press reported.
Thirteen-year-old Jiao Jiao is 160cm-tall, weighs 130kg and suffers from ovarian cysts, hyperuricemia (a symptom associated with gout), hyperinsulinemia (a symptom often associated with diabetes), and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
Her working parents did not have time to prepare home-cooked meals, so most of her meals in the past five years were either hamburgers, soft drinks, spicy stir-fry pot or braised pork belly delivered right to her doorstep.
The doctor urged Jiao Jiao and her parents to change her lifestyle urgently to prevent her from suffering from lifelong ailments.
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