By Chew Lip Song
ALL public and private tertiary education institutions will resume full operations by this October while foreign students can start returning to campus from this month.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad said besides foreign students, those pursuing fields requiring practical and clinical training, laboratories, studios or specialised equipment and those sitting for professional exams, would also resume their studies on campus in stages starting this month.
Others allowed back are students who do not have proper Internet access or a conducive environment to attend online classes at home, Noraini said.
“For private institutions of higher learning, 30 per cent of their students can return to campus from this month, as requested by the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities,” she said in a media conference in Putrajaya today.
She said students were reminded to observe social distancing and personal hygiene to curb the spread of Covid-19. Students activities are also allowed, subject to a maximum participation of 250 people, depending on the size of the premises.
Foreign students coming into Malaysia are also required to register with the Education Malaysia Global Services before being granted permission to enter the country by the Immigration Department.
They have to undergo PCR or RTK Antigen screenings three days before their scheduled arrival to Malaysia and are subjected to further screening while in the country. Upon arrival, these students are also required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at locations to be determined by their respective institutions.
All tertiary education institutions in the country were closed in March following the Covid-19 pandemic but allowed selected students to continue learning on campus in May.