It’s virtual classes for now

PETALING JAYA: The move by various institutions of higher learning to suspend face-to-face teaching activities has been lauded by students, who will now be attending virtual classes.

Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are among the first in the country to implement e-learning at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Other institutions include Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Xiamen University Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Following the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the Covid-19 outbreak is a pandemic, the latest universities to turn to online platforms are Taylor’s University, Taylor’s College, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim).

Taylor’s University International Business and Marketing student Leow Wei Li, 20, said he was grateful that measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff were put in place by the institution, which announced that it would go virtual from March 23 until April 19.

Universities which had yet to suspend classes, said Leow, should take more safety measures for their staff and students, such as temperature screenings at all entry and exit points.

University of Nottingham Malaysia mechatronic engineering student Adam Wong Mun Wai, 19, described online classes as more convenient.

“Besides reducing the risk of getting the virus, students do not have to get ready early and commute to class, ” he said.

He added that universities should conduct regular disinfection of common areas, and provide masks and hand sanitisers.

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