by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
THE Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) is not expected to postpone or cancel study sessions at institutions of higher learning (IPT) or community colleges nationwide despite the recent spike in positive Covid-19 cases.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (left) said there is also no specific instruction on restrictions to universities, particularly in Sabah, as not all places are categorised as red zones.
“For example, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is located in Kota Kinabalu, which is not a red zone.
“However, MoHE will always be in touch with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and will comply with all MoH’s advice and instructions,” she told reporters after the launch of “UiTM Prihatin” programme in Shah Alam, Selangor yesterday.
Noraini said MoHE has provided the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines that must be followed by every university and public college nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19.
“I believe all universities are preparing the SOPs in receiving student registration starting next month. Most importantly, every university needs to do it in stages and on different dates.
“Preliminary discussions had been made and students have been entering since July,” she added. The UiTM Prihatin project that was launched by Universiti Teknologi Mara is a nationwide series tour programme that is aimed at widening the access of higher education by providing opportunities for students from the B40 (bottom 40%) group.
The programme is also in line with UiTM’s plan to increase its visibility via community involvement while channelling aid that utilises zakat contribution.
The UiTM Prihatin programme involves Pre-Higher Education students at all campuses across the country where students from the B40 family will register as Pre-Commerce or Pre-Science students.
The programme will be implemented in four main phases starting with the launch ceremony until the middle of next year.
A total of 291 B40 students will receive donations through this programme. A total of 53 students from the Klang Valley attended the launch, while the remaining events will be held at branch campuses nationwide.
Noraini added that the effort is also in line with the ministry’s aim to assist more students from the B40 group to better their future.