Some tertiary students opt to delay enrolment

PETALING JAYA: Some students are opting to delay their enrolment in colleges and universities, as the Covid-19 pandemic caused campuses to close temporarily and lessons being conducted online.

Rebekah Ng, 18, said she decided to defer her enrolment in a Foundation in Arts course in a private institution to a later intake.

“I prefer to do face-to-face classes because I believe I can understand and do better.

“Due to Covid-19, I had to change my study plans. I was supposed to enter college in March but now

I may enter in July or September, ” she said.

Rebekah said she was looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life and made the best out of a tough situation.

“I was looking forward to having a fresh start and making new friends in a new environment.

“College is where you go to determine what you’ll do in the future, and I was excited for that, ” she said.

However, she said she would still enrol in the college by the latest in September, even if campuses are not fully open yet.

“A couple of my friends are also waiting for university and college campuses to open.

“I find it will be too late if I were to enrol next year, so I will just enrol and join the online classes, ” she said.

Another student who only wanted to be known as Jun, 18, had already enrolled in a private college in March but decided to defer her intake a week before she was supposed to start.

“I had everything settled, but suddenly the Covid-19 crisis came.

“I wanted to get the whole college experience so I chose to start later, and in addition, the fees I would be paying would be inclusive of the facilities at the college, ” she said.

She said she might only start her college education next year, but could change her programme to start in September.

The college, she added, had been accommodating and had earlier sent an email asking students if they prefer to defer to a later intake.

“It was overall a pretty easy process because the college was understanding and helpful, ” Jun said.

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