Compiled by C. ARUNO, R. ARAVINTHAN and MARTIN CARVALHO
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) graduates will again be able to apply to be trained as teachers once the Bachelor of Education (PISMP-UEC) programme opens up for applications on July 16, reported Sin Chew Daily.
According to Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, 20 spots have been allocated to UEC graduates who took their SPM exams in 2018, 2019 or 2020.
He said he has informed Dong Zong, Jiao Zong as well as other educationist groups about the programme via a video conference on July 12 and urged them to encourage more graduates to apply.
“Based on previous recruitment records, the number of applicants to the PISMP-UEC programme has not been ideal. Records from the Education Ministry show that there were 200 places allocated in total over the past 10 years, but had only managed to recruit 55 UEC graduates,” he said.
Dr Mah pointed out that UEC graduates with a minimum of six merits, including Bahasa Melayu and English, as well as a pass in History, will be eligible to apply.
“Many people are of the opinion that as long as a UEC graduate has taken the SPM, they would most likely meet the minimum requirements to apply for the programme.
“As such, UEC graduates should cherish this opportunity to apply to become teachers,” he added.
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.
Dr Mah added that the campaign for UEC graduates to become teachers was a hard-won battle and urged those who are eligible to apply.
> Taiwanese Internet celebrity Ili Cheng hit back at accusations that she had wrecked a man’s wedding plans after they were spotted holding hands together at a five-star hotel, reported Sin Chew Daily.
“He’s just a normal friend. That’s why I didn’t ask if he had a girlfriend,” Cheng responded.
Cheng was recently photographed coming out of a white luxury MPV with a mysterious man at a hotel car park. The two appeared to be intimate with each other, with Cheng being spotted grabbing the man’s behind.
They were also seen holding hands while registering themselves at the hotel reception desk.
It was later revealed that the man was to get married in September. The marriage was called off by the fiancee when the photographs emerged.
Internet users criticised Cheng for wrecking the man’s relationship. She claimed not to have any knowledge that the man had a fiancee.
Cheng, 27, known as the “Chicken Cutlet Girl”, shot to fame when her promotional video for a fried chicken cutlet restaurant went viral in 2012.
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.