IPT students returning to campus in stages

This involves states in all phases of NRP, beginning Oct 15

by NURUL SUHAIDI / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

STUDENTS of higher learning institutions (IPTs) who have been completely vaccinated will be returning to campus in stages starting Oct 15.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad (picture) said this involves states in all phases of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), with priority given to students in need.

In this regard, she said IPT students and staff are encouraged to complete their vaccination and may opt for walk-in at any vaccination centre before the physical learning session reopens.

“The presence of fully vaccinated IPT staff will form a safe social community and environment on campus.

“Therefore, strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be practiced in managing the movement going in and out of campus,” she said at the IPTs Operation Announcement virtual press conference yesterday.

Additionally, returning students are also required to undergo the RT-PCR test prior to returning to campus. The test will be given free of charge at government health clinics.

“Students travelling across states in the peninsula are required to present permission letters issued by the police while for IPTs in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, permission letters are subject to the SOPs enforced in the respective states,” Noraini said.

Meanwhile, for international students, permission to enter Malaysia is divided into three categories.

This involves students who are citizens of the UK whose admission was previously blocked; international students pursuing Mobility and Edutourism programmes and legal dependents for international students who wish to bring a family together to the country.

For international students who are fully vaccinated, they need to register with Education Malaysia Global Services before being given permission to enter Malaysia by the Malaysian Immigration Department.

“The Covid-19 RT-PCR swab test must also be carried out three days before entering Malaysia.

“Upon their arrival, students will undergo health screening and quarantine at designated locations,” Noraini added.

Her ministry also announced a 20% tuition fee reduction for all students in public universities for the upcoming semester of the 2021/2022 academic session, to reduce their financial burden.

“I do expect full cooperation from the IPTs for the returning students.

“The university management must strengthen their communication plans so that the admission procedures for these students can be clearly communicated,” she said.