By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 October 2021: Stricter movement monitoring procedures will be carried out on students of institutions of higher learning (Institut Pengajian Tinggi or IPT) and university’s staff who have not been vaccinated, if they are forced to be physically present on campus.
Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad said a total of 2,286 or 0.2 percent of students who had health problems as of 8 October, did not receive the vaccine.
“So, institutions of higher learning (IPT) are advised to help these students so that their studies are not affected.
“In critical situations, if the physical presence of unvaccinated instructors or students is unavoidable, then stricter movement monitoring will be implemented.
“This step such as the implementation of the RTK-PCR screening test three days before entering the campus is mandatory.
“IPTs are also encouraged to conduct regular self-screening tests to ensure they are in good condition,” she told the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) on Monday (11 October).
She said this in response to an additional question from Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) who wanted to know the condition of students who were not vaccinated, because it was understood that there were court review cases regarding those who had not been vaccinated and wanted to return to campus.
Commenting further, Datuk Seri Noraini informed that as of 1 October, 83 percent or 951,739 out of 1.15 million IPT students had completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, the vaccination rate among university staff who received the vaccine dose reached 90 percent or 117,721 people.
“The Ministry gives priority to students and IPT staff who receive a complete dose of vaccine to return to campus in stages.
“While other students can follow the teaching and learning online.
“But this is to see a safer environment for higher educational institution to implement teaching and learning that is face to face with the new norms and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set,” she said. ***
Source: Astro Awani
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