PETALING JAYA: Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic) has apologised for the “nightmare” students are facing, just as they were about to make their way to their respective campuses.
“I would like to apologise for the problems caused and I hope we can work together to stop the spread of Covid-19,” she said.
Dr Noraini said that the ministry had immediately consulted the management of higher education institutions, the National Security Council and the Health Ministry after seeing an unexpected rise in Covid-19 cases.
“I take note of the grievances and complaints of students and their family members following the decision of the higher education institutions to postpone their physical registration, ” she said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Oct 3).
“I hope the institutions can be fair, considerate and reasonable in managing all matters arising from this delay (to return to campus), ” she added.
Noraini said that students who had already arrived on campus can remain there while waiting for further instructions from their respective varsities.
As for those who are still at home, she said they should postpone their journey to their higher learning institutions.
“I hope we can work together to stop the spread of Covid-19.”
Upset students took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction yesterday when the ministry suggested higher learning institutions move the registration for the new semester, online.
It said all teaching and learning activities should also move to online platforms to keep staff and students safe.
There were over 32,000 tweets with the hashtag #MenteriKPTsilaletakjawatan and almost 35,000 tweets with the hashtag #SiswaJagaSiswa as of 11am this morning.