By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 September 2021: Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) plans to reopen institutions of higher learning (Institut Pengajian Tinggi or IPT) for physical admission of students for the 2021/2022 academic session in all phases of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting October this year.
Its Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, said the plan was through the IPT Recovery Plan (PEMULIH IPT) and the move was in line with efforts to enable students to return to IPT when they are all fully vaccinated as announced by Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his special message on 22 August recently.
She said the matter had also been agreed in the Special Meeting of the National Security Council yesterday (3 September).
“To make this agenda a success, this afternoon I met with Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin to suggest that students and staff of IPTs be given priority to get vaccinated in their respective localities.
“In our discussion this afternoon our goal is the same, that is to provide a safe campus community by October,” she said in a post on her Facebook page on Friday.
Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini said that MOHE projected a need for 1.296 million doses of vaccine for 648,000 students who have not yet received the vaccine and MOHE has recommended that IPT vaccination centres be made PPVs (Pusat Pemberian Vaksin) specifically for students and staff.
She further explained that the move was to enable the student vaccination programme be implemented on a large scale.***
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