UEC grads get to train as teachers again


Compiled by C. ARUNO, RASHVINJEET S. BEDI and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Bachelor of Education (PISMP-UEC) programme for Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) graduates to train as teachers will resume this year, Sin Chew Daily reported.

According to a source in the Education Ministry, the recruitment of UEC graduates will begin soon and carried out concurrently with the recruitment of religious school graduates.

It was earlier reported that the lack of information on whether the programme, which began in 2011, will continue this year had caused panic among UEC graduates who wished to become teachers.

United Chinese School Teachers’ Association president Cheah Lek Aee had earlier described the situation as “zero recruitment and zero updates”.

According to the source from the Education Ministry, the reason for the delay in recruitment was due to the ministry having to set up a different recruitment platform specifically for UEC graduates.

The PISMP-UEC programme remains the only way for a UEC graduate to join the civil service.

It was championed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who once served as the Deputy Education Minister.

His campaign came to fruition when it was implemented in 2011.



> The daily also reported on Chinese Internet celebrity Grace Chow who dispelled talk that she is back together with former boyfriend, Taiwanese superstar Show Lo, a year after their breakup.

Chow wrote online that she does not need men, referencing lyrics from the single Best Friend by American rapper Saweetie.

It was earlier rumoured that the two had reconciled after Lo felt guilty for cheating on Chow and had begged to be taken back.

On April 23 last year, Chow made an explosive social media post accusing Lo of sleeping with other female artistes under his wing.

Chow claimed that Lo would invite women to his hotel room when he goes on work trips and had brought women to their house whenever she was not around.

Lo has since made several public apologies for his behaviour and made fumbling attempts to win her back, to no avail.

The scandal was reported to have caused him to lose nearly T$600mil (RM87mil) in axed celebrity endorsement deals.



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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