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University Classes will be Conducted ONLINE till DEC 2020.

University Classes will be Conducted ONLINE till DEC 2020.
May 28, 2020
4:03 pm

The Ministry of Higher Education announced that all university lectures MUST be conducted online till 31 DEC 2020.

In a statement made yesterday, 27 MAY, the MOHE said that no face-to-face lessons will be allowed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on.

A Universiti Malaysia Pahang lecturer conducting an online lesson with students through Zoom.

A Universiti Malaysia Pahang lecturer conducting an online lesson with students through Zoom.

However, the ministry said that exceptions will be given to five categories of students to physically return to university.

With immediate effect, the first category of students allowed to return to campus are:

1. Research-based postgraduate students of Public & Private Universities.

Image from Bernama/Free Malaysia Today

"This flexibility is given only to students who need to physically attend laboratories, workshops, and design studios, or require specialized equipment to conduct their research," the ministry said in the statement.

4 Categories of Students Allowed to Return to Universities depending on the Final Date of CMCO:

1. Final year or final semester certificate, diploma, and bachelor's degree students who need to carry out clinical work and practical training in laboratories, workshops, and design studios, or require specialized equipment.

This category of students will be allowed face-to-face sessions beginning 1 JULY.

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2. Final year or final semester students who do not have access or conducive environments to continue their lessons online. 

This group of students will be allowed to return to campus on 1 JULY to use university facilities for online lessons.

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3. Students with special needs in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes at polytechnics and community colleges who require in-person assistance will be allowed to return as early as 1 AUG.

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4. All new intake students of the 2020/2021 academic year at all public and private universities, polytechnics, and community colleges for certificate, foundation, diploma, and bachelor's degrees will be allowed back to campus in stages as follows:

  1. Certificate and diploma-level students at polytechnics and community colleges begin 1 JULY.
  2. Foundation, certificate, diploma, and bachelor's degree students in private universities begin 1 JULY.
  3. Foundation and diploma students in public universities begin 1 AUG.
  4. Bachelor's degree and research-based postgraduate students in public and private universities begin 1 OCT.

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Image from Miera Zulyana/Malay Mail

The MOHE cautioned that all academic activities which are to resume in campuses must comply to the SOPs which have been set by the authorities.

"The institutions should prioritize safety as well as social distancing. These regulations are subject to the orders by the authorities from time-to-time," it said.

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Meanwhile, a group of students are calling universities to lower tuition fees as their classes go online and students will not be utilizing university infrastructure or facilities.

The National Muslim Students Association (PKPIM) has called on the MOHE to roll out a new policy to reduce tuition fees in public universities.

"While PKPIM understands that every university has the freedom to make its decision, online teaching is being conducted in almost all public and private universities," said PKPIM president Ahmad Farhan Rosli in a statement.

"As such, it is reasonable for the ministry to place a policy to reduce this session's tuition fees for all public universities."

Ahmad Farhan pointed out that majority of public university students come from low and middle-income families who are facing economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Students of private universities and colleges shared the sentiment.

While they appreciated online classes, students called for a fair reduction in tuition due to the inability to access on-campus resources and facilities.

"Since the start of MCO, universities have stopped lessons for the safety and health of their communities. Classes and lectures are not being held. But why must they pay the same tuition?" posted former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq on Twitter.

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