Parents can now bring home tertiary students themselves

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Parents are now allowed to pick up their children studying in higher education institutions across the country.

The Higher Education Ministry said parents can begin bringing their children home from Wednesday (May 6).

Previously, parents could not bring their children home on their own and the students could only go home via transport prepared by the ministry or in their own vehicles.

“However, this permission is only granted for intra-state movement, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry said the decision was made after a special ministers’ meeting held on Tuesday (May 5) regarding the implementation of the conditional movement control order (MCO).

It said this will involve students from all private and public higher education institutions including polytechnics and community colleges.

“The ministry would like to remind that this matter should be carried out in accordance with the movement rules set by the National Security Council and the Royal Malaysia Police, and the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure, ” it continued.

At the beginning of the MCO, these students were not allowed to go home if they were living on and off-campus.

On April 24, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that students stranded at campuses would be allowed to return home but with a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) in place.

However, this was limited to students whose family homes are located in green zones, said the Defence Minister, adding that they began going home on April 27.

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