University students allowed to return to campus to adjust to learning environment, ministry says

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PETALING JAYA: College students are allowed to return to their institutions because it gives them a chance to get to know each other and adjust to learning and life on campus.

The Ministry of Higher Education said the decision had also been taken to give higher education institutions (HEIs) flexibility in determining the appropriate modes of learning for students.

He also said that online or hybrid teaching and learning is permitted and can be determined by individual HEIs.

Students returning to campus are required to continue to practice physical distancing and maintain personal hygiene.

The ministry said all sports and recreational activities must follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) set out by the Ministry of Health.

“HEIs are reminded to have sufficient capacity to accommodate the number of students physically present (on campus) and to always adhere to strict teaching and learning SOPs,” he said in a statement. press release Thursday, February 10.

“The ministry will ensure that the admission of students to campuses, whether local or international, from March onwards is smooth,” he added.

For more information, students and parents can contact the ministry’s 24-hour Covid-19 Operations Room hotline at 03-88706777/6949/6623/6628, consult the respective HEI websites or by contacting the co-ordinator of the establishment concerned.

On Wednesday, February 9, Chief Minister (Defense) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that students from HEIs such as public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and private educational institutions will be allowed to return to their campuses in phases. , starting March 1.

He said the decision was taken at the Covid-19 Quartet ministers’ meeting on Tuesday February 8 following a proposal from the Ministry of Higher Education.

HEIS would be allowed to accept students at 70% to 100% capacity.

Students and staff who have been fully or partially vaccinated have been allowed to be on campus.

“However, those who have not been fully vaccinated will need to undergo RT-PCR testing and the result will need to be negative three days before entering campus,” he said.

Those who were not fully vaccinated would be required to take weekly Covid-19 tests using rapid test kits.

As for existing and new international students, only those who had been fully vaccinated would be allowed to enter Malaysia.

They would, however, be subject to a seven-day quarantine, while the quarantine period for those who received reminders was five days.

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