Archive for the ‘Colleges / Universities - Issues’ Category

Schools, educational institutions to open Jan 20, IPT March 1 — PM

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

KUALA LUMPUR: All educational institutions under the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be opened on Jan 20 according to the scheduled academic calendar, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

For private and international educational institutions registered with the MOE, it is subject to their respective academic calendar in addition to following the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council (MKN).

The prime minister said for students of institutions of higher learning (IPT) in the peninsula, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) allows local students to return to campus in phases as early as March 1.

“For IPT in Sabah and Sarawak, student admission is subject to the procedures adopted by the respective state governments,” he said when delivering his New Year message for 2021 aired on television channels last night.

Based on the previously announced School Term and School Holiday Calendar 2021, the start of the face-to-face school sessions on that date involves primary and secondary school students (Form 1, Form 4, Form 5 and Form 6) as well as all Vocational College students.

Form 2 and Form 3 students will start school sessions on the same date through home-based learning and return to school for face-to-face learning sessions on March 8, 2021.

On the Covid-19 vaccine, Muhyiddin once again gave a guarantee that it would be effective, safe and sufficient for at least 80 per cent of the people of this country and given for free.

He said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan would be implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) through three phases starting as early as Feb 2021.

The prime minister said he and the frontliners would be among the first to receive the vaccine to prove that it is safe and effective.

“High-risk groups such as the elderly and patients with non-communicable diseases (NCD) including heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease will also be given priority in receiving vaccine injections,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency would still monitor the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.

He also reminded that the vaccination programme is only a precautionary measure, however, the SOP set still needs to be adhered to at all times.

by Bernama.

Read more @

Foreign students can return to Malaysia for 2021 academic year

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Announcing this today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said current and new students were allowed to enter the country, provided they secure accommodation prior to their arrival. - Bernama photo.Announcing this today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said current and new students were allowed to enter the country, provided they secure accommodation prior to their arrival. – Bernama photo.

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign students, except those from the United Kingdom, will be allowed to return to their respective university campuses here in Malaysia for the 2021 academic year.

Announcing this today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said current and new students were allowed to enter the country, provided they secure accommodation prior to their arrival.

“They must ensure all the necessary things for their stay here first. The normal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will apply to them.

“The students must take a Covid-19 swab test three days before departing for Malaysia. Once they arrive at our airports, they must take another swab test.

“If the test results are negative, they will be sent to quarantine centres to observe a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

“The cost for testing and quarantine is to paid for by the students,” he said during a Facebook live session, adding that the Higher Education Ministry will release a detailed SOP on the matter soon.

Ismail Sabri said the National Security Council (NSC) has also agreed that students in international schools would be allowed to return to Malaysia with their respective guardians starting Jan 1, 2021.

“However, this permission is only for the current batch of students who have obtained visas from the Immigration Department. The SOP for them are similar to the ones for international university students,” he said.

Asked if Malaysia would suspend flights from the UK following reports that a new, more virulent strain of Covid-19 has been detected there, Ismail Sabri said the NSC will make a decision after the Health Ministry conducts a risk assessment on the situation there.

“Our international borders are still closed to all foreign countries except in certain cases. We will discuss this at the NSC level and if there are any updates, either the Health director-general or I will make the announcement.

“I spoke to a friend in Britain and he said the country has recorded around 30,000 deaths daily in the last few days.

“But let the Health Ministry conduct risk assessment and we will make a decision on this later,” he said.

By Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan.

Read more @

Campus return for university students likely to be in March

Saturday, December 19th, 2020
University students are expected to return to their respective campuses as early as March next year. - NSTP file pic, for illustration purposes onlyUniversity students are expected to return to their respective campuses as early as March next year. – NSTP file pic, for illustration purposes only

KUALA LUMPUR: University students are expected to return to their respective campuses as early as March next year, said the Higher Education Ministry (KPT).

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the matter would be brought to the attention of the National Security Council (NSC) for deliberation and approval.

“It is still being discussed. KPT has proposed for university students to go back to their campuses in March but there is no conclusion yet until the NSC agrees on this.

“We will make a presentation on this proposal to the NSC soon. When it gets the green light, we will make an official announcement,” she told Berita Harian today.

The Covid-19 pandemic which led to the enforcement of the nationwide Movement Control Order in March saw students of public and private higher learning institutions switching to online learning and teaching platform (PdP).

Noraini added that the ministry was working closely with universities to strengthen its Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as they prepare to receive students back to their campuses.

Among the suggestions, she said, was for universities to provide spaces that allow students to be separated.

“If the students are allowed to return to their campuses in the near future, hybrid classes will be conducted to eliminate any risk,” she said, adding that the PdP would continue as usual in January.

Meanwhile, Universiti Putra Malaysia deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr M. Iqbal Saripan said they had begun making preparations to welcome students back if they are allowed to return in March.

Discussions on the matter, he said, had been conducted between the KPT and universities but the approval would depend on the decision by the NSC.

“From Jan 1 next year, we will continue with online classes until the end of the semester in mid-Feb. Our next plan is to allow students to enter the campus in March when the new semester starts.”

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran said online classes were going on as usual. This will also apply to new Diploma students who are expected to enrol in January.

He said students could attend online classes from home until the end of the semester.

“Those with poor Internet connection at home can come back to the campus and attend online classes,” he said.

By Suzalina Halid.

Read more @

Revitalising graduates via reskilling and upskilling

Saturday, November 28th, 2020
Graduates who attended the Fiber Optics course at the Arau Community College have all received job offers upon completion of the course.Graduates who attended the Fiber Optics course at the Arau Community College have all received job offers upon completion of the course.

KUALA LUMPUR: Graduates are a vital part of the workforce in a country. They play a vital function as the core of innovation that contributes to the well-being of the economy.

To ensure they fulfil this role, it is necessary for them to keep up with the skill requirements needed in the current job market. This requirement has led to the increasing need for “reskilling” and “upskilling”.

Reskilling and upskilling are terms frequently read and heard over the mass media. They are sometimes used interchangeably.

Previously, the terms were applicable to the industrial sector, where upskilling primarily focuses on helping employees to become more skilled and relevant in their current position. On the other hand, reskilling focuses on making employees capable to take on different jobs within an organisation.

In current times, both reskilling and upskilling have become important in the higher education sector. Students today live in an era called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This era pushes for advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation which revolutionises and disrupts well-established roles and professions at an unprecedented pace.

It has been predicted that by 2022, 75 million jobs across 20 major economies will be displaced by emerging technologies. Additionally,133 million new roles are expected to be created by these very same technological advances. While this may be good news for people in the workforce, nevertheless these advancements require relevant training (World Economic Forum’s 2018 Future of Jobs Report).

The Unemployment Situation

The Department of Statistics Malaysia, on Oct 13, reported that the unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent in August 2020. Although this seems low, nevertheless, it is higher by 1.4 per cent against the same month of the previous year.

For graduates, securing a job depends not only on their academic performance, but also on other factors such as the competencies acquired from co-curricular activities. It is worth noting that the skills and experiences graduates have gained during their university years may be insufficient for certain job positions.

In the 4IR era, there is a high demand for technical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication skills. Failing to acquire these will contribute to the unemployment rate among graduates.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad at the launch of the Penjana-KPT Cap programme in September.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad at the launch of the Penjana-KPT Cap programme in September.

Remedying Unemployment through Reskilling and Upskilling

Understanding the strain caused by unemployment among graduates, various programmes have and will be carried out by the Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) to remedy this problem.

The government has allocated RM100 million through the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) to MoHE for the purpose of conducting a Career Advancement Programme known as Penjana KPT-CAP. This programme is expected to benefit 20,000 unemployed graduates through training courses that will ultimately lead to job hires by industry players in sectors such as banking, manufacturing and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Recently, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz announced that RM150 million will be allocated to MoHE to conduct a professional certification programme called KPT-PACE. Through this programme, final year students will be given vouchers worth RM3,000 each to take professional certificate courses at public and private universities. This professional skill-based certificate-level qualification functions as a supplement to the conventional degree level course. 50,000 students are expected to benefit from this programme.

Interested individuals may apply for either of these programmes through the Graduates Reference Hub portal for Employment and Training (GREaT)

Making the Best out of a Challenging Situation

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a global impact on the labour market and world economy. With countries’ GDPs taking a dive, a global recession may be on the horizon. From this, it can be expected that the job market will be ferociously competitive. Nevertheless, we must persevere.

Proactive steps must be taken to handle issues such as unemployment. Instead of merely worrying about the challenges faced by graduates, it is important to instead take measures that can increase chances of either getting a job, or creating one’s own job.

For this, MoHE urges final year students and unemployed fresh graduates to take the opportunities presented to them through the ministry’s programmes.

The time to sharpen one’s skills and competencies is now. The time to improve articulation and application of newly acquired skills is now. There is no better time than the present to heed the poetic words of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune”.


Read more @

Varsities and community engagement

Friday, November 27th, 2020
the Higher Education Ministry is promoting University4Society (U4SIC), an innovative programme   to facilitate and enable better cooperation and partnerships between universities and local communities. - NSTP/File picthe Higher Education Ministry is promoting University4Society (U4SIC), an innovative programme to facilitate and enable better cooperation and partnerships between universities and local communities. – NSTP/File pic

Finding ways to reimagine the future requires a collective effort, and with the country still lagging in a comprehensive and holistic strategic approach to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), higher learning institutions in Malaysia can play a vital role.

In this context, the Higher Education Ministry is promoting University4Society (U4SIC), an innovative programme to facilitate and enable better cooperation and partnerships between universities and local communities. It is centred on new pathways to boost civic engagement between faculty members and students with better and more measurable volunteering and service-learning opportunities.

It is about enabling and supporting universities that prioritise embedding teaching and production of knowledge within a new broader social mission, linking them with a host of defining issues of our times.

The first manifestation of U4SIC was an event on Nov 18, an example of partnerships centred on the theme of “How community engagement can drive innovative sustainability in the 4IR era”. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) came together to organise it, each running their respective networks’ conferences but all linked together.

Having three majors centres of learning working together in such depth is innovative. They are showing leadership and vision on rethinking the impact and the contributions of learning to achieve the ambitious but essential Agenda 2030.

Professor Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar who led UKM in organising U4SIC said “the university can provide knowledge and tested solutions which can assist the community through knowledge transfer programmes. Through the engagement and volunteerism of the students with guidance from lecturers and researchers, the community can benefit from the solutions provided”.

Professor Datuk Dr Aileen Tan, the executive director of the Asia Pacific University Community Engagement Network (Apucen), which is hosted by USM and has its own summit running as well, believed on the importance of “revisiting our approaches on community engagement and education (formal and informal) through Un-Learn, Re-Learn and Co-Learn with the community”.

What are the main issues at stake here? Malaysia needs to embark into a de-carbonisation trajectory. For a country whose economy has been driven by fossil fuel, this is going to be a tall order.

At the same time, it is not only about technology. With all the discussions on the 4th Industrial Revolution, the planet will be inhabited by billions of humans as well as other species above and below the seas. All these creatures will be more at risk in the coming years.

How can artificial intelligence and with it, all the focus on re-skilling and up-skilling, bring positive changes to the lives of those who are already excluded and neglected even before the pandemic?

We need to emphasise the role of social sciences and have them re-centred on the concept of a humanism that respects and thrives by respecting the Earth’s ecosystems.

It is about creating, as Dr Rokiah said, a “caring society”. Malaysia should play a much more visionary role in reimagining Southeast Asia by supporting people-to-people partnerships. Universities can help.

“The purpose of Apucen as an international network is to strengthen relationship towards partnership, collaboration and networking among us in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, to set a platform to share good practices and inspiration of Apucen members in conducting community engagement activities,” said Dr Aileen.

A stronger role for universities is producing research for the common good but also having effective practices in place to collaborate with members of communities that are often seen as passive beneficiaries but have the key to solve many of our most outstanding issues.

Investing in volunteerism is key as UM has been doing through its Community and Sustainability Centre. It will require equipping students with socio-emotional skills and embed their personal development pathways with essential components of what I call “Leadership for Social Good”.

Achieving the SDGs will depend on the ability to bring together many stakeholders, including universities as engines of public knowledge and promoters of community engagement.

Only a new kind of engagement “will strengthen the working relationship between universities, societies, government agencies and industry players in fulfilling the quadruple helix solution model. This will achieve the SDGs” said Dr Rokiah.

By Simone Galimberti.

Read more @

Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) offers full boarding and weekly boarding to cultivate future social elites

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Australian International School Malaysia is a highly respected school that has been part of the Malaysian education landscape for 20 years. With a reputation for innovation and collaboration, AISM is now offering boarding for all its students. The first Visible Learning School in the world will now offer premium residential amenities for full boarding and weekday boarding. The weekday boarding experience allows students to return home every Friday to spend their weekends with their families before returning on Monday.The school’s off-campus boarding facility is located in Putrajaya where the students will be safely transported to and from school daily. Commencing January 2021, the Boarding House is a home away from home for all AISM learners aged 12 to 18 years old. Safety has always been paramount at AISM and this is a cornerstone of their off-campus boarding house to ensure a safe and secure campus for all our boarders.

Each floor in the Boarding House is home to a resident House Parent who oversees the pastoral and social welfare needs of a boarder. With care and respect as part of the School’s philosophy, the environment is protective and attentive like home and, concurrently, makes boarders self-reliant enough to grow as individuals in their own right. AISM’s caring, supportive boarding environment safeguards the students and allows them to develop and grow with confidence. Students here will live alongside others from many cultures and develop intercultural understanding and openness to others.

AISM strongly believes that a complete education must include creative, physical, and moral development and the Boarding House serves as a platform for personal growth and discovery. Each day is filled with activities to help a boarder naturally develop life skills such as independence, responsibility, and teamwork as well as social and problem-solving skills. At the same time, boarders will go on to form enduring friendships with like-minded individuals, all in a safe and caring environment. A variety of facilities such as on-site laundry services, recreation area, internet access, and 24-hour security system is offered to make the lives of our boarders more comfortable. At the same time, these amenities encourage boarders to pursue healthy interests beyond schoolwork.

Apart from these, the Boarding House also carries out boarding activities for students and these activities aim to give boarders fun and unique experiences that help develop their life skills; including leadership skills and teamwork. These activities are also designed to give the boarders a broader worldview while enhancing their learning experiences outside the classroom. Unlike residential schools, boarding activities here are very consistent and carefully planned to give boarders a well-balanced experience that encompasses trips to cultural villages, theme parks, museums as well as excursions to charitable organisations and good causes.

With state-of-the-art facilities, an international community, and exceptional learning opportunities, AISM is certainly a school designed to arm your child with skills necessary for their future. The school’s academic year begins in January for students from Early Years to Year 12 and in January 2021 they will offer boarding along with the world recognised New South Wales HSC which allows entry to higher learning institutions across the globe.

For more information on boarding, visit or contact the school at 03-89495000.

The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) offers Australian education taught by highly qualified international teachers, predominantly Australian trained and experienced. The Australian curriculum offers a seamless transition into education pathways in Australia and provides an international qualification recognised by top universities around the world. Growing steadily over the years since its inception in 2000, the school caters for children from age 3 (Pre-school) to age 18 (Pre-University). Located in a secure gated community in Seri Kembangan, AISM overlooks the picturesque South Lake of Mines Resort City, a short drive from Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Read more @

10 Malaysian universities among 110 best in Asia

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
According to the report released yesterday, University of Malaya (UM) leads other universities in this country at 9th place. - NST/file pic. According to the report released yesterday, University of Malaya (UM) leads other universities in this country at 9th place. – NST/file pic.

PUTRAJAYA: Ten local universities – seven public and three private – are among 110 best universities in Asia based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2021 report.

According to the report released yesterday, University of Malaya (UM) leads other universities in this country at 9th place, followed by Universiti Putra Malaysia (28th), Universiti Sains Malaysia (34th) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (35th).

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia came in 39th, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (70th), Taylor’s University (89th), UCSI University (105th), Universiti Utara Malaysia (107th) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (108th).

“This is the country’s best achievement so far and proves that the Higher Education Ministry is on the right track,” Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said in a statement.

She said the achievement has indirectly placed Malaysia as a higher education hub in the Asian region and could assist the institutions in fostering cooperation with the world’s renowned researchers.

Noraini said this was the first time UM managed to be listed among the 10 best universities in Asia by securing the 9th place compared to 13th last year.

She said UM also beat Shanghai Jiao Tong University which came in 10th in this year’s ranking.

The renowned Shanghai Jiao Tong University introduced the Academic Ranking of World Universities, better known as the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings, which evaluates the research strength of universities around the world.

A total of 35 local universities are listed in this year’s QS ranking, compared to 29 last year.

“Twenty-four universities managed to improve their performance, three remain at the same rank and two universities dropped from their last positions,” Noraini said.

She said the QS report also stated that Malaysia is among the best performing countries in this year’s ranking.

“The country’s education system is accepted as highly reputable among academicians and employers at the Asian level.

“Year 2020 is at the half term of implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and has shown an improvement in the quality and excellence of local higher education institutions in a short period,” she added.

by Bernama.

Read more @

UMK’s FEB leads in entrepreneurship education

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

KOTA BARU: The Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business (FEB) at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) continues to be the preferred entrepreneurial faculty in the country.

Dean Prof Dr Roselina Ahmad Saufi said the faculty had introduced a variety of programmes to nurture students’ entrepreneurship mindset and to improve their entrepreneurial skills.

“Students of today are digital citizens. They are full of energy and they are boundaryless. To learn and do business using any technology platform is not something strange to them. As an educator, we have to support, guide and most importantly engage with them. Using both problem-based and work-based experiences by our lecturers has proven to be the best way to enhance students’ knowledge and skills.”

In supporting student entrepreneurship development, FEB has established two simulation labs — Chill X retailing simulation lab and the SAL Packaging Lab.
FEB envisions more entrepreneurship, as well as digital entrepreneurship labs to provide the right ecosystem for both students and academics to enhance their skills.

Up to this year, FEB has established 290 student enterprises which are among the highest in the country.

“Impactful collaborations with industries and communities are among the initiatives implemented by the faculty. The establishment of Angkasa-UMK Academy of Research (AURA), which is a joint set up between FEB and Angkasa Berhad is an example of cooperative and social entrepreneurship research.”

She said the formation of the FEB Council of Strategists and Friends of Faculty were notable initiatives to allow industrialists and entrepreneurs to be part of the academic development and delivery, and student development.

“With 100 faculty strength, including professors, associate professors, lecturers and 18 administration staff, FEB is highly confident that we can achieve our vision and mission to champion and advance entrepreneurship education in the country.”

FEB currently has 3,470 students, the largest enrolment of students among the nine faculties in UMK. To date FEB has produced more than 3,700 students and more than 1,000 entrepreneurs since its first graduation in 2011.

“Our 2019 graduate employability (GE) rate was at 93.1 per cent which is close to the university’s GE which is at 93.3 per cent. In addition, FEB has produced successful young entrepreneurs and we are proud that FEB and UMK at large are contributing significantly to the student entrepreneurship agenda of the Higher Education Ministry.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Dean Prof Dr Roselina Ahmad Saufi.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Dean Prof Dr Roselina Ahmad Saufi.

As one of the oldest faculties in UMK, FEB continues to remain competitive in the education field by adapting to new technologies.

By adapting to these new technologies, one of the faculty’s projects for its students called ‘Entrepreneurship Week’, managed to collect about RM92,000 in online sales this year despite the current pandemic.

“The Entrepreneurship Week is a signature programme of FEB and has been held on an annual basis for the past 10 years. Students sell various types of products and goods ranging from women’s fashion, to beauty products and food.

“Students used various online platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp. At first, I did not believe the amount that they had collected but when they showed their sales and expenses, they surpassed my expectations,” said Prof Roselina.

She believes that future graduate entrepreneurs should learn to create social value through their businesses and understand what it means to be a social innovator.

“FEB is the perfect place to learn about entrepreneurship. It is not merely about doing business but about how one’s entrepreneurship mindset and behaviour can be nurtured.”

Next year, the faculty will offer a new programme, Bachelor of Accountancy, in collaboration with ACCA and MICPA. FEB also offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Business Administration (FBA).

In terms of research, Prof Roselina said FEB continues to endeavour in entrepreneurship research. As of 2020, FEB has acquired about RM1.2 million worth of research grants both nationally and internationally.

Read more @

Over 50,000 tertiary students still on campus despite registration postponement’

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Photo: Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 50,889 or 7.9 per cent of the 646,094 students of public universities, polytechnics and community colleges remain on campus, as of last Monday (November 16), although the registration and admission process students to the learning institutions concerned had been postponed.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman said for students of private institutions of higher learning (IPTS), there were a total of 113,297 students still at their respective campuses.

“Even though the face-to-face registration and admission process for new and old students to the campus, which was planned for implementation last October, has been postponed, the ministry gives special consideration for students who have to remain on campus.

“The students include those who need technical facilities, such as laboratory facilities on campus, those who need a conducive environment or have Internet access problems to continue the process of teaching and learning online,” he said.

He said this in response to a question from Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Bersatu-Beaufort) who wanted to know the actual number of IPTA and IPTS students still on campus after the announcement of the postponement of their registration during the movement control order (MCO).

To a supplementary question from Azizah on the ministry’s efforts to ensure that students at home do not lag behind in the learning and teaching process, Mansor said the government had ascertained that 871 Internet centres under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia were used for the purpose.

Apart from that, the government also provided Internet access data plan and electronic devices to public university students from B40 families, as well as cash assistance of RM50 to all new students for the 2020/2021 session.

By: Bernama.

Read more @

Higher education, skill training institutions to remain closed during CMCO

Sunday, November 8th, 2020
All public and private higher education institutions as well as skill training institutes at states in the peninsula placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will remain closed during the period. - NSTP/courtesy of  UMTAll public and private higher education institutions as well as skill training institutes at states in the peninsula placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will remain closed during the period. – NSTP/courtesy of UMT

KUALA LUMPUR: All public and private higher education institutions as well as skill training institutes at states in the peninsula placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will remain closed during the period.

Also instructed to remain closed during the CMCO that will come in force in all but three states in the peninsular for four weeks starting tomorrow (November 9) are tahfiz centres, schools, kindergartens and child care centres.

These were among the activities included in the ‘negative list’ under an updated version of the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the CMCO in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu.

“Only child care centres operating to look after the children of frontliners and parents required to work (during the CMCO) are allowed to operate,” read the SOP, which is available on the National Security Council’s official social media platforms.

The SOP stated exceptions would also be given to students of public and private higher education institutions who are required to sit for tests or examinations with overseas institutions.

By Adib Povera.

REad more @