Selangor ahead of Putrajaya in championing education rights, says Azmin

BY EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA CHIN
Datuk Seri Azmin Ali attends an aid programme for Selangor schools at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Building in Shah Alam April 16, 2018. — Picture by Zuraneeza Zulkifli

SHAH ALAM, April 16 — Caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmi Ali said the recognition given by University of Selangor to holders of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) since 2016 proves the state government is ahead of Putrajaya in championing education. 

He said the acceptance of the certificate, which was introduced by the Federation of Chinese School’s Board (Dong Zhong), prevented a drain brain in the country from the 3,000 annual recipients of the UEC.

“These efforts combat the worsening problem of brain drain in the country.

“This also shows the Selangor government is ahead of Putrajaya in championing the rights of education,” he said during his speech today, before handing out financial aids to over 200 vernacular and convent schools in Selangor.

Azmin then claimed the federal government had failed to show positive commitment to recognise the UEC certificate across the board.

“Instead, the prime minister peppered the promise in light of the 14th general elections, to fish for votes from the Chinese community.

“It was said in their manifesto that holders of international certificates including the UEC would be given consideration.

“After 60 years, only now he wants to start to considering it,” Azmin said.

During the event, Azmin also revealed RM15 million had been allocated for 2018 by the Selangor government to aid vernacular and convent schools in improving facilities and infrastructure. 

The money allocated would affect 115 primary and secondary Chinese schools, 97 primary and secondary Tamil schools and 28 other convents.

“It is the responsibility of the state government to provide basic education which aims to provide basic general skills and comprehension.

“This would then in turn prepare the millenials to meet the expectations of the industry and commerce, and to enhance their employability,” he said.