In an interview with Utusan, the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said the Ministry has decided to allow only students who are fully vaccinated to enter the campus or universities in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, those who were not vaccinated or partially vaccinated will continue with online classes until they have completed their vaccinations.
“For all institutions of higher learning, only students who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to study on campus as part of hybrid learning.” she said.
Noraini said this directive applies to all universities, including private universities, polytechnics and community colleges and these institutions must continue to follow the standard operating procedures provided by the National Security Council (NSC).
“The higher education ministry will organise campaigns to encourage students to get vaccinated and create a safe bubble for them in campus.” she was quoted saying.
Noraini said according to the data from the higher education ministry, there are no vaccination records for more than 195,000 students at public institutions.
The number is much lower among private institution students, with around 51,000, or 10.2%, having no such record.
Overall, there were around 37.5% of all tertiary students who do not have a record of their vaccination status based on the ministry’s information.
Hence, she requested all university managements to provide the latest data on student vaccinations immediately.
On the other hand, Noraini said she had held discussions with the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin last week to discuss about expediting vaccinations for students.
“The government has now agreed for tertiary students who have not yet been vaccinated to be allowed to walk in at various PPVs for their jabs.”
“Active students only need to show their student matric card, while for new students, they need to bring an offer letter from an institution of higher education.” she said.
Currently, the Ministry of Higher Education is planning to allow students of higher learning institutions to return to campus for the 2021/2022 academic session through its IPT Recovery Plan (Pemulih IPT) starting in October.
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