Maszlee says varsity English test to remain

KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Maszlee Malik has rejected the proposal to abolish the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) and include it in the examination module for secondary schools, saying it would increase the burden on students.

He said MUET was a qualifying test, and is different from a school exam.

“They are two different things. In the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) exam, there is already an English Language paper. MUET is to qualify (for further studies to the degree level).

“Just like the A-Level or O-Level, but still have to take IELTS (International English Language Testing System),” he told reporters after attending the West Malaysia Malay Teachers Union (KGMMB) Education Seminar today.

Several parties recently urged the ministry to review the compulsory requirement for MUET and said it should be included in SPM.