Have you been postponing your education plans and starting college due to the pandemic and movement control restrictions?
Here’s some good news for you! The National Security Council (Majlis Keselamatan Nasional or MKN) has approved the proposal to allow certain segment of students to resume their studies physically on campus.
If you are feeling antsy and apprehensive with the news, don’t be. Online learning will still be largely implemented for the majority of students, with face-to-face learning strictly prohibited. However, to allow students to continue with their education and learning, the government will be allowing some categories of students to resume their studies on campus through a series of stages.
#1. New students enrolling in the 2020/2021 academic session
All new students enrolling for Certificate, Foundation, Diploma and Degree programmes in the 2020/2021 academic session will be allowed to start (or resume) their studies on campus progressively.
- Certificate, Foundation, Diploma and Degree in private institutions: 1 July 2020
- Certificate and Diploma in polytechnics and community colleges: 1 July 2020
- Foundation and Diploma in public institutions: 1 August 2020
- Degree and Postgraduate (Research) in both private and public institutions: 1 October 2020
#2. Current final semester or final year students
Those in their final semester or final year who require practical classes (e.g. clinical, labs, workshops, design studios) will be able to resume their education on 1 July 2020. This is applicable for all studying Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes.
For final year or final semester students without access to the internet or are in a non-conducive study environment, they may also return to campus on 1 July 2020 and continue with e-learning using the universities’ facilities.
#3. Current research-based postgraduate students
Those pursuing a research-based postgraduate programme who need to use labs, design studios, workshops or specific equipment in order to conduct their research are allowed to return to campus immediately.
#4. Special needs students in TVET
Special needs students pursuing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in polytechnics and community college who require face-to-face guidance will be able to resume physical learning and education on 1 August 2020.
Whether you want to glee in joy as your homebody days are over or grunt at the idea of going back to college, the Ministry of Higher Education urges students to follow the standard operating procedures on campus and to keep a safe distance by social distancing!
Even so, this design and implementation is subject to change based on The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia’s instructions from time to time. So keep an eye out on their website for more updates!