Students without access to online teaching, conducive environment can apply to return to campus

PETALING JAYA: Tertiary students without access and a conducive environment to undergo teaching and learning (PdP) online need to obtain permission from their higher education institutions (HEI) to make their way back to campus.

Higher Education director-general Datuk Dr Husaini Omar (pic) said alternatively, these students can also get in touch with the Higher Education Ministry to obtain the approval.

“You (students) have to apply for permission, ” he said during an interview with RTM on Thursday (Feb 4).

This latest announcement comes after the ministry announced that six categories of students could return to their HEIs to continue their studies.

The categories are certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree and postgraduate students who need to conduct clinical work and practicals requiring laboratories, workshops, design studios and special equipment.

Also included are existing and new international students – except those from the United Kingdom – disabled students and students taking the Malaysia University English Test, as well as international and professional examinations.

Pre-university and diploma students who have been staying in-campus, together with others on campus, can continue their PdP using a hybrid model consisting of face-to-face and online learning.

Husaini said the students will be given the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure a smooth journey back to campus.

“I will also liaise with the deputy vice-chancellors who take care of these students to ensure that each faculty and department can also contact students and provide them a platform so that they can interact better with the university, and get permission to return to campus.” he added.

He also said students can contact the ministry’s 24-hour Covid-19 operations room at 03-8870 6777/6949/6623/6124, or visit its website or contact the respective HEIs.

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