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Pressing for government recognition of UEC

  • Government recognition of UEC will have far flung effects on the long-term development of Chinese education in this country.

Sin Chew Daily

The Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) says it will continue to recognize UEC certificate and allow UEC holders to sit for the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) exam.

The news indeed comes as a godsend for law students who are also UEC holders.

Prior to this, LPQB has announced that it would not accept UEC as a requirement for CLP exam, and the announcement has dealt a major blow on UEC holders who are pursuing courses in law.

The rushy decision has since drawn the ire of plenty who question its rationality for the simple reason that many UEC holders have been pursuing law courses in private institutions here and abroad and have passed the CLP exam.

Fortunately the board now decides to withdraw its earlier decision.

The news also comes as a relief for independent high school students who are currently pursuing or are planning to pursue law courses.

Even though this matter has come to a rest now, there are two points that nevertheless demand our attention and concern.

Firstly the administration problem of LPQB. The board made the decision of not accepting UEC qualification as a requirement for CLP way back in September 2005, but did not put the resolution into implementation until very recently when this matter was brought up all over again.

What took LPQB so long to implement a decision it made over a decade ago? And on what grounds was this irrational decision made in the first place? It is utterly essential for the authorities to seriously look into this matter to ensure that similar incidents will not be happen again in future.

More importantly, this incident should serve as a warning sign for the local Chinese community of possible complications arising from the government's refusal to recognize the UEC certificate.

Even though the UEC certificate is much sought after as criteria for admission into many established universities overseas, if it remains unrecognized by the Malaysian government, local professional bodies might doubt the competency of the certificate's holders.

In other words, so long as the government is reluctant to recognize UEC, similar incidents could happen again any time in future. This is a question the Chinese community and advocates of Chinese language education in the country must encounter and contemplate.

We must therefore continue to fight for government recognition of UEC and not to give up easily.

While the recognition of UEC by foreign academic bodies could boost the prospects of independent high school graduates here, government recognition of UEC will have far flung effects on the long-term development of Chinese education in Malaysia.

We may be disenchanted by the government's inaction, but for the sake of Chinese education as well as the future of independent high school students, there must be no let-up in our continuous pursuit of government recognition of UEC.

 

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