SEREMBAN: Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) students who went back to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri have been told to stay put for now.
The university told the students, who were supposed to have started making their way back to its Nilai campus this week, to wait for updates from the university as to when they should return.
USIM said in a statement on Wednesday (May 19) it made this decision in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases nationwide, including Seremban.
However, students who already bought air tickets will be allowed to come back to campus, it added.
“For now, only students required to attend lessons physically can start coming back to campus beginning May 29.
“We will issue a schedule soon, ” it said in the statement.
Students were supposed to have started returning to campus in stages between Monday (May 17) and May 23.
USIM said the decision to delay their return was to ensure that the students stayed safe. It would also make sure they are able to follow their lessons online.
“In the meantime, it is our hope that students would continue to adhere to all Covid-19 prevention procedures and at the same time keep abreast of announcements from the university, ” it said.
On April 29, the Higher Education Ministry said students at higher learning institutions would be allowed to cross state borders to return home for Hari Raya.
It said all students, except those in Sarawak, would be allowed to travel interstate from campus to their homes on designated dates in May.
They were then given a time-frame to return to campus between May 15 and 20.
A total of 1,979 on-campus USIM students took the opportunity to return to their hometowns with 538 sent back in vehicles belonging to the university.