UTM students want to return home for Raya

JOHOR BARU: More than 800 students of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have expressed their intention to return home for Hari Raya, according to its deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs) Prof Dr Shamsul Sahibuddin.

He said this was based on special forms filled up by some 25% of the 3,200 students in the campus who wished to make the Hari Raya journey.

“So far, the university has decided to allocate six buses to carry students home to the East, North and Central Zones and four buses in the South Zone.

“The buses will be making trips from May 6 to 11, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.

This follows the Higher Education Ministry’s announcement on Thursday that more than 100,000 students from higher learning institutions throughout the country except Sarawak will be allowed to return home for Aidilfitri.

The ministry said students will be going home in stages between May 7 and 12, before reporting back to campus between May 15 and 20.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has set four travel methods for students from boarding schools, Form Six colleges (KTE) and vocational colleges (KV) to return home.

It said that students could either take a bus provided by the school or be picked up by their parents/guardians.

“Students are also allowed to return by air or water transports (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) or use their own vehicles (for KTE and KV students), ” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

All students in Group A states (schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) are allowed to go back in stages from May 6 while students in Group B (schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) will be allowed to go back from May 7.

The ministry has provided guidelines for the management of boarding school students returning home in conjunction with Hari Raya as a reference for all parties involved, including private educational institutions registered with the ministry.

The guidelines can be downloaded at https://www.moe.gov.my. — Bernama

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