By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 May 2020: The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has announced yesterday (27 May) the procedures for universities and institutions of higher learning requiring them to conduct teaching and learning (T&L) programmes through online platform until 31 December 2020.
This follows the Special Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of the National Security Council’s Movement Control Order (MCO) on 16 May 2020 which approved the recommendation by MoHE on the conduct of academic activities by institutions of higher learning during the present COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the press release issued by MoHE, all Teaching and Learning (T&L) activities should be conducted online until 31 December 2020. All physical T&L activities are not allowed. However, exceptions are given to five (5) categories of students who are required to return to campus to implement the T&L process as below:
i. Post-graduate students in research mode at the Public University (PU) and Private Institutions of Higher Education (IPTS) are given permission to continue their research immediately. This flexibility is only allowed to students who are required to attend physical laboratories, workshops, design studios or those who require specialised equipment to conduct research.
Subject to the final date of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)
i. Semester / Final Year students for postgraduate, diploma and bachelor’s degree courses that require clinical work, charity training, laboratory, workshop, design studio, practical or in need of specialised equipment: Students in this category are allowed to apply for Teaching and Learning on campus as early as 1 July 2020.
ii. Semester / Final Year students who do not have the required access and the environment is not conducive to implementing online Teaching and Learning: Students in this category are allowed to return to campus as early as 1 July 2020 and use the on-campus infrastructure for Teaching and Learning online.
iii. Special needs students participating in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes at Polytechnic and Community Colleges who need face-to-face guidance in implementing Teaching and Learning due to learning difficulties, will be allowed as early as 1 August 2020.
iv. New students for the 2020/2021 academic session at all PU, IPTS, Polytechnic and Community Colleges for entry into Certificate, Basic and Diploma level for SPM graduates as well as entry to Bachelor’s degree for STPM / equivalent. Student enrolments are in stages as follows:
a. Admissions of Certificate and Diploma in Polytechnic and Community College students as early as 1 July 2020;
b. Admission of Foundation, Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree to IPTS as early as 1 July 2020;
c. Undergraduate and Diploma students in UA as early as 1 August 2020; and
d. Undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolment research mode at UA and IPTS as early as 1 October 2020.
MoHE has ordered the implementation of academic activities on campus in full compliance with the SOPs and to prioritise security measures and social distancing. ***