Universities start online lectures over Covid-19 fears

UiTM Sarawak


By S. Harrish

TWO public universities in Sarawak have started online lectures to minimise contact between students as fear mounts over the Covid-19 virus.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak rector Prof Dato Dr Jamil Hamali told the Borneo Post that its e-learning approach was to minimise face to face contact between students.

“All students do not have to attend lectures as they can carry on with their studies via online with their respective lecturers.

“By doing so, students will feel safe and their parents do not need to worry,” he said.

Jamil said UiTM Sarawak had also cancelled its student recruitment sessions and postponed its 92nd convocation ceremony to a later date.

Jamil said other precautionary measures taken by UiTM Sarawak included screening the students who exhibited symptoms such as fever or coughing.

“At our Kota Samarahan campus, we have two doctors as well as a room to quarantine students (suspected of being infected),” he added.

Meanwhile, an academic personnel from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) said the university’s management was in the process of planning its online lecture sessions to ensure that courses would not be disrupted.

“This is in line with the government’s directive to avoid holding any form of gathering,” disclosed the personnel, on request of anonymity.

He said the activation of e-learning mode would not be a problem for Unimas as the university had implemented online lecture sessions before.

In Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) had begun conducting online lectures from yesterday, as it tries to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.