UEC panel to submit final report this month

Compiled by SIRA HABIBU and C. ARUNO

THE task force on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) will be submitting its final report on the recognition of the examination to the Education Ministry this month.Its chairman Eddin Khoo told Sin Chew Daily that the report had been completed but it was not submitted earlier due to the movement control order.

The three-man task force, which comprised of Khoo, Dong Zong deputy president Datuk Tan Yew Sing and Muslim Islamic Youth Movement of Malaysia president Mohamad Raimi Abdul Rahim, was set up by the ministry on Oct 29 last year.

They were tasked to interview associations, political parties, scholars and parents for their views on the issue.

Khoo explained that even though the task force was disbanded in February, they had yet to conclude their interviews with those from Sabah and Sarawak.

Education Minister Mohd Radzi Jidin told the Dewan Rakyat last week in a written reply that the ministry had not received a report from the task force.

The UEC is considered equivalent to STPM in many foreign universities.

Form Six students at independent Chinese schools sit for the UEC.

However, the UEC is yet to be recognised by public universities in Malaysia.

This means that students would have to further their studies at private universities or abroad.

> Sin Chew Daily also reported that three out of the six vacancies for the post of headmaster at SJKCs in Kuala Lumpur have been filled.

According to Chinese Language Council chairman Datuk Wang Hong Cai, three newly-qualified headmasters received their letters of appointment on July 28 to serve at SJKC Kung Ming, SJKC Chin Woo and SJKC Chung Kwo.

He hoped the remaining schools would get the replacements by September.

It was earlier reported that Chinese vernacular schools in the country are expected to face a shortage of headmasters soon, with 48 expected to retire in the second half of the year.

Wang urged all SJKCs to recommend their deputy headmasters to apply for the National Professional Qualification for Educational Leaders course so that they could replace those retiring.

> Taiwanese singer Rainie Yang, who has kept her hair long for the past 10 years, has been seen with a much shorter style.

China Press reported that she had snipped off more than 40cm of her hair.

Yang, 36, recently posted photos of her new look on social media, to which her husband, singer Li Ronghao, commented that she was “the most beautiful woman on earth”.

She had also remarked that she had “forgotten entirely” that she had not held a wedding reception. “Looks like I care about my career too much!”

Yang and Li got hitched in September last year in China after dating for four years.

The pair had not held their wedding reception which many speculated that it had been postponed due to travel restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The above articles are 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 >, it denotes a separate news item.

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