No help for stranded uni students, but Education Minister says will monitor online reactions

The Malaysian minister who postponed university registrations at short notice said yesterday she will monitor the trending hashtag “#SiswaJagaSiswa” (Students take care of students) to receive feedback regarding the thousands of students left stranded on campus. 

The hashtag was created as part of an online crowdfunding initiative to help affected students return home after Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad postponed registrations three days before school was due to begin Monday, without offering measures to mitigate the consequences. More than 50 universities were affected. 

“#SiswaJagaSiswa will become a platform for the higher education ministry to receive feedback from university students. Let’s do this together okay?” Noraini wrote online yesterday in response to complaints from activist Syasya Fooad, who is also the one who started the movement and the #SiswaJagaSiswa hashtag.  But both are being criticized online with Noraini largely accused of jumping on a trending hashtag instead of offering concrete

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Higher Education DG: Help available for stranded students

PETALING JAYA: Help is available for students stranded after returning to their institutions of higher education.

Higher Education Ministry director-general Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said students who have arrived at their universities can still enter their campus accommodations.

Prof Mohamed Mustafa added that those who have yet to leave for their universities should delay their trips to prevent a mass movement of students and potentially causing another Covid-19 outbreak.

He also said there should not be any issues when it comes to accommodation.

“Actually, only new students are required to stay on campus, ” he said during a live telecast on Bernama TV on Sunday (Oct 4).

The live telecast was held to address the difficulties faced by university students who were told they cannot return to their campuses at the last minute.

There was instant uproar online as the public took to the Internet to voice

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