Some politicians have a knack of politicising just about every issue, especially education.
Recently, there has been much debate on whether the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) conducted by independent Chinese secondary schools should be recognised by the government. Recognition means holders can gain entry into local public universities and secure government jobs if they want to.
These critics of the UEC claim they are defending the nation’s education system and protecting Bahasa Malaysia. This is strange given that UEC students will still need at least a credit in BM to enter any public university.
Interestingly, both the ruling Pakatan Harapan and the opposi- tion Barisan Nasional had included recognition of the UEC in their GE14 election manifesto. In fact, even before the general election, the Sarawak, Selangor and Penang state governments had already recognised the UEC.