Dong Zong: Exempt UEC grads from taking all SPM subjects

Dong Zong chairman Vincent Lau (left) and Umno information chief Annuar Musa at a press conference at Dong Zong’s office in Kajang. Annuar met Lau today to learn about issues relating to Chinese education and Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

KAJANG: The United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) today expressed hope that Putrajaya allow students from Chinese independent schools to sit for the SPM Bahasa Melayu paper only and not all six compulsory subjects.

Dong Zong chairman Vincent Lau said by allowing Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) students to sit for the BM paper, they can be assured of entry into public universities if they pass the paper with a credit.

Students must obtain a credit in the SPM BM paper as part of the entry requirement into government universities.

“We feel this is a reasonable request. Allow the UEC students to sit only for the SPM BM paper, instead of taking all six compulsory subjects,” he told reporters after meeting Umno information chief Annuar Musa at the Dong Zong office here.

The six compulsory subjects for SPM are BM, English, History, Mathematics, Moral Education or Islamic Studies, and Science.

Lau said Dong Zong has written to the Education Ministry, Education Department and Higher Education Ministry, hoping to have discussions on this suggestion.

“So far there has been no feedback from the government,” he said, adding that Dong Zong had also requested that the government recognise the Chinese school certificate as being on par with STPM.

Students from Chinese independent schools sit for UEC exams during their third senior year.

UEC is recognised as the entry requirement for tertiary education at international and local universities as well as local private colleges.