KUALA LUMPUR: Close to 10% of the 646,094 students who registered at public universities, polytechnics and community colleges are still on campus as of last Monday, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mansor Othman told the Dewan Rakyat today.
He said over 50,000 students remain on campus although the registration and admission process had been postponed.
He satid 113,297 students from private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) were still at their respective campuses.
“Face-to-face registration and admission process for new and old students, planned for last October, had been postponed but the ministry has given special consideration for students who have to remain on campus.
“The students include those who need technical facilities and those who need a conducive environment or have internet access problems. This allows them to continue learning online, “ he said to a question by Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Bersatu-Beaufort).
Azizah had asked about the actual number of public and private institution students still on campus after the announcement of the postponement of their registration during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the ministry’s efforts to ensure that students at home do not lag behind in the learning and teaching process.
Mansor said the students had access to 871 internet centres under the supervision of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
He said the government had also provided Internet access data plan and electronic devices to public university students from B40 families.
He said in addition to that, cash assistance of RM50 is being provided to all new students for the 2020/2021 session.