Students on campus allowed to return home for semester break

By Hakim Mahari

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 July 2021: Students from institutions of higher learning are allowed to return to their homes in conjunction with the 2020/2021 semester break starting next Monday (12 July), according to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

MOHE in a statement today informed that the student movement control mechanism is implemented in phases, that is, for the initial phase, only the movement of students who are not subject to the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) is allowed.

“The movement of students in the EMCO area is only allowed after the EMCO period ends,” according to the statement.

For students returning to the Federal Territory of Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak, the cost of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) screening test is fully borne by the government while the quarantine cost is borne by the respective state governments.

MOHE informed that the one-way movement method is set, which is to use bus transportation coordinated by each institution of higher learning, with strict compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The use of their own vehicles by students is allowed while parents or guardians are not allowed across the state to take students home, the statement said.

MOHE said permission for students on campus to return home in conjunction with the semester break was agreed in the special session meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), yesterday (8 July).

Semester holidays are expected to start from July to October 2021.

For more information, details on the movement of students can be referred to the SOPs of the National Recovery Plan and the Returning Student Movement FAQ.

Those concerned can also contact the COVID-19 MOHE Operations Room which operates 24 hours a day at 03-88706777/6949/6623/6628, through the institutions’ website or deal directly with the Coordinating Officer at the respective institutions of higher learning.***

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