Covid-19: Public universities have autonomy to make own decisions

Covid-19: Public universities have autonomy to make own decisions

KUALA LUMPUR Feb. 13 — Public Universities (UA) have their own autonomy in making decisions regarding postponement of classes following COVID-19 infection.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said a similar move was taken by the UA when the country was hit by haze to ensure that the health of every university student was protected.

“For universities, they have autonomy to make arrangements that best suited them,” she told reporters after officiating the launch of the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (PBAKL) 2020, here tonight.

The book fair will take place from March 27 to April 5 at the World Trade Center (WTC – formerly known as PWTC).

Media today reported that the management of the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) had instructed all its students to go on leave for 10 days starting today.

It is a precautionary measure in dealing with the spread of COVID-19 and preventing any infection at the university.

Meanwhile, Teo said for the closure of government schools, it would be implemented by the Ministry of Education (MOE) after receiving advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“So far, we have not received any directive or advice from MOH to close down schools. This is because there are no confirmed COVID-19 positive students.

“So far outdoor class activities have been going on as usual but should the situation become more serious, we (MOE) will raise this issue with MOH for their advice,” she said.

Also present at the event was Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh.