BERA: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) has no plans to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for admission to the varsity, says Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said this was because the certificate was not in tandem with the national education philosophy that required a pass in Bahasa Melayu and History for students to further their studies at government institutions of higher learning.
He said despite UniKL’s status as a private institution of higher learning (IPTS), the varsity was now wholly-owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) that still abided by the national education philosophy.
“Although the Higher Education Ministry has allowed IPTS to take in students based on (their) UEC results since 2004, that doesn’t mean we (UniKL) must adhere … we have a choice … we will not take in students based on the certificate,” he said.
Ismail Sabri was speaking to reporters after attending the ‘Jalinan Rakyat’ programme organised by Bera Umno’s Wanita wing here today.
He was commenting on a statement made yesterday by Mara chairman Annuar Musa that UniKL recognise the UEC for admission to the varsity.
However, Ismail Sabri said non-Malays and foreigners could be admitted into the varsity based on qualifications recognised by the government such as the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or their equivalent such as the A Levels in lieu of the STPM.
The UEC is a standardised examination for Chinese independent high school students organised by Dong Zong, the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM), since 1975.