Meeting with Dong Zong over UEC after Raya, says education minister

Maszlee said his ministry has set up a task force to ensure PH’s education pledges will be implemented within 100 days. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Maszlee said his ministry has set up a task force to ensure PH’s education pledges will be implemented within 100 days. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

PUTRAJAYA, May 31 — Education Ministry officials will meet representatives from the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) to recognise the international Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) after the Hari Raya Puasa holidays.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik said meetings with the stakeholders, including those from the National Exam Board, are underway.

“We will probably be meeting the Chinese education movement Dong Zong after the Raya break,” he told a news conference here today.

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition had in its 14th general election manifesto promised to recognise UEC within 100 days of taking power.

It was reported that Dong Zong has sought to meet Maszlee for discussions but had yet to receive a response.

Maszlee also said his ministry has set up a task force to ensure PH’s education pledges will be implemented within 100 days.

He said he will be chairing the task force’s first meeting next week.

“This group will be tasked to coordinate all promises that were contained in our Buku Harapan for the education ministry,” he said.

On an online form initiated to obtain the feedback of the people to improve the education system in the country, Maszlee said the response has been “great”.

“We have received over 11,000 feedbacks and we are still accepting all sorts of feedback from everywhere including Facebook and WhatsApp.

“This is good as it shows the people are concerned about the future,” he said.

Maszlee said the response came from educators on numerous matters and some parents who were concerned about the heavy load of textbooks their primary school children had to carry to school.

As for the youth, he said their main grouses were matters related to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation.

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