PETALING JAYA: All higher education institutions should carry out their registration processes for the new semester online.
The Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) said this should also include all teaching and learning activities, in light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide.
“Therefore, MoHE recommends all higher education institutions to postpone their physical registration of new and old students at the campus,” it said in a statement on Friday (Oct 2).
This follows an earlier announcement by Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad that only students from red zones would not be allowed to register face-to-face at their institutions.
“For students who have been on campus and have begun their academic activities, they can remain on their respective campuses,” it said.
MoHE added that the institutions should postpone all activities involving mass gatherings and to help students who are already on campus.
The ministry also said it has been working together with airline companies to find a solution for students who already purchased their tickets to return to campus.
It said the companies have agreed to allow the affected students to reschedule their flights until Dec 31.
“MoHE is very concerned with the views and concerns voiced by students, parents and the community with the increase in Covid-19 cases that has occurred only a few days from the date of admission of new students to the university.
“The concern and sensitivity from all parties to safeguard the welfare and well-being of students and the community is very much needed in facing the current situation related to the Covid-19 pandemic,” it added.