Around 790 IPT students return home

by S BIRRUNTHA

A TOTAL of 790 institutions of higher learning (IPT) students have returned home from nine centres located in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya on Monday night.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said the breakdown of students are from nine institutions including eight public higher education institutions (IPTA) with 759 students, and one polytechnic and community college with 31 students.

She added that the nine centres are International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), UniversitiMalaya(UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur branch (UTM KL), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Kuala Lumpur branch (USIM KL) and Politeknik Premier Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

The breakdown of IPTA students that travelled on Monday night are 89 students from IIUM; 150 from UKM; 164 from UM; 80 from UPM; 146 from UiTM Shah Alam; 50 from UPNM; 49 from UTM KL; 31 from USIM KL; and 31 from Politeknik Premier Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

Noraini said the movement of the students to 17 destinations in three states in the north from their respective centres commenced at 9pm using 50 buses which have been sanitised. She added that of the total, 32 buses departed to Kedah, 13 buses to Penang and five other buses headed to Perlis. Noraini also noted that one representative from each family will pick up the students at the police headquarters or district police office that have been identified.

“For families who could not meet the student at the location of arrival, the student concerned would be sent by a government agency involved,” she said.

Earlier, the government has decided to allow students to travel from green zones to their homes in green zones in stages to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 infection.