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Pearson Edexcel and Malaysian Examinations Council Form Strategic Partnership to Extend Reach of Pearson Edexcel Examinations

SELANGOR, 24 November 2023 – Pearson Education Limited, United Kingdom (Pearson UK) through its local office Pearson Malaysia
Sdn Bhd (Pearson Malaysia) (jointly known as Pearson Edexcel) have signed a
two-year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Malaysian Examinations Council
(MEC) in a strategic collaboration to extend Pearson Edexcel examinations to
Malaysian Examinations Council test centres.

The partnership enhances the accessibility, convenience, and flexibility
for independent private candidates who are taking the Pearson Edexcel
qualifications, from primary up to A Level examinations. The Pearson Edexcel
examinations will be delivered in the MEC’s test centres located in the various capital cities of 11 Peninsular
Malaysia states and the Federal Territory of Labuan.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 24 November 2023 at the
Malaysian Examinations Office in Selayang, Selangor. Representing Pearson Edexcel
for the MoA signing was Mr. David Albon, Director for International Curriculum,
Pearson School Qualifications and Ms. Ng Boon Teen, Head of Business
Development, South-East Asia for Pearson School Qualifications. The Malaysian Examinations
Council (MEC) was represented by Mr. Adnan bin Husin, Chief Executive Officer
of Malaysian Examinations Council. The signing was witnessed by Mr. Badrul
Hisham bin Abdullah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer 2, Mr. Muhammad Fiqree
Syamim bin Md Aminrol, Legal Officer and Mrs. Nor Qaily binti Sa’ari, Manager
of Information Technology Management Department.

As a global education company with a rich history rooted in providing
high-quality learning resources and assessments, Pearson Malaysia has been a
key player in shaping the educational landscape in the country since 1961.

Pearson Malaysia offers a wide range of Pearson Edexcel qualifications at
international schools, covering primary, secondary, International GCSE and International
A Level. These qualifications are designed to meet rigorous academic standards
and provide students with a strong foundation for future academic and
professional pursuits.

“The Malaysian Examinations Council is proud to commemorate this
partnership with Pearson Edexcel, a global leader in education. This
collaboration signifies our commitment to excellence in examination management.
Through this partnership, we ensure that our examination procedures are not
only aligned with international standards but also benefit from the wealth of
knowledge shared by Pearson Edexcel,” said Mr. Adnan bin Husin, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian
Examinations Council.

Mr. David Albon said, “I am thrilled about our strategic collaboration
with the Malaysian Examinations Council which effectively expands access to
Pearson Edexcel examinations by providing private candidates with more options of
test centres that were previously not available. This partnership represents Pearson
and MEC’s shared commitment to global educational excellence and accessibility.
Together, we are shaping a future where learners in Malaysia have expanded
opportunities to achieve their academic goals, reinforcing Pearson’s mission to
empower people around the world through learning.”

At the same time Ms. Ng Boon Teen, said, “This partnership aligns
seamlessly with our mission to empower learners in Malaysia with choices that go
beyond traditional boundaries. The expansion of Pearson Edexcel examination
centres to MEC’s facilities throughout the nation provides a broader range of
options for individuals pursuing Pearson Edexcel qualifications independently.
Pearson Malaysia is committed to ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of
the examination process in collaboration with MEC. We look forward to heralding
a brighter future for learners in Malaysia.”

Under the collaboration agreement, the MEC will be responsible for key
aspects of Pearson Edexcel examinations, ensuring a proficient examination
team, implementing best practices in suitable venues, and adhering to relevant
legislation. The examinations to be conducted at MEC’s test centres include the
iPrimary Year 6 examination, iLower Secondary Year 9 examination, International
GCSE, and International A Level qualifications.

In return, Pearson Edexcel supports the MEC’s transition as a test centre
partner by equipping MEC with the key documents and templates, conducting training
and knowledge-sharing sessions, and offering guidance in handling and
preventing malpractice and maladministration. This joint effort reflects a
shared commitment towards excellence in examination management and reinforces
the foundation for a successful partnership in delivering Pearson Edexcel
examinations.

The MoA paves the way for a future where students in Malaysia will
benefit from enhanced accessibility, expanded choices, and a commitment to
educational excellence. Pearson Edexcel and the MEC look forward to a
successful partnership that will shape the educational journey for aspiring learners
in Malaysia and beyond.

For more information on the Edexcel courses offered by Pearson Malaysia,
please visit https://www.pearson.com/international-schools

For more information on the Malaysian Examinations Council, please visit
https://www.mpm.edu.my/en/

This press release has also been published on VRITIMES

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