KOTA BHARU Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) will keep an eye on 88 of its students who have not gone back for the festive period during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).
Its vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azizi Ismail, said 50 students are staying on campus while 38 more are living in off-campus housing near the university.
“They are from Sabah, Sarawak and abroad. They didn’t go back for a number of reasons including poor Internet access at home affecting assignment completion.
“During the MCO, 950 UMK students out of 1,000 returned home after the government gave the greenlight for them to go back in stages,” Prof Noor Azizi told reporters today after handing over an Aidilfitri contribution to the Kelab Media Kelantan Darul Naim (Kemudi) at the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd (NSTP) office here.
Also present at the ceremony was Kemudi president, Shahnun Hanif Abdullah Suhaimi.
On adjusting to the new normal, Prof Noor Azizi said virtual learning started becoming the norm at the university in 2015, but wasn’t fully implemented, although now it has become the first choice of students who don’t want to be left behind.
“If a bad Internet connection and financial problems getting access to the Internet is causing a student to suffer, we can help them. But it’s quite difficult if the area hasn’t got Internet coverage,” he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency