The government does not recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) because it does not adhere to the national education syllabus and not because it is associated with Chinese education, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.
However, the government was striving to provide career opportunities to the holders of the certificate by allowing them to teach Mandarin in Chinese national type schools or national schools, he said.
This did not only happen in the case of Chinese education because some ‘pondok’ religious schools also did not adhere to the syllabus set by the government, he told reporters after opening the Pagoh Division Umno Youth, Wanita Umno and Puteri Umno delegates meeting in Pagoh.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the government was discussing with the MCA to determine whether to include the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) component to enable UEC holders to enter teacher training institutes.
UEC holders who complete their teaching training could teach Mandarin under the People’s Own Language (POL) in national schools and serve as Mandarin teachers in national type schools, he said.
Earlier, when opening the Pagoh MCA divisional delegates meeting in Gerisek, Muhyiddin dismissed an allegation that the government had not done anything to assist Chinese and Tamil national type schools.
The government spent RM1.8 billion annually on the salaries and allowances of teachers at these schools, he said, adding that the opposition boasted about spending just a few million ringgit on several national type schools.
He said that was just a political game of the opposition to confuse the people.