Requesting for a discount on our tuition fees on the upcoming semester (Sept 2021)

Requesting for a discount on our tuition fees on the upcoming semester (Sept 2021)

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Bushra Rosdan started this petition to students of universiti sains malaysia

We are postgraduate students of Universiti Sains Malaysia and we are facing a huge issue regarding our study fees. Since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic, we have been paid our tuition fee in a full amount without any reduction despite the restriction in continuing our research activities.

Earlier last year, in the PKP 1.0 (March 2020 to June 2020) we made full payment of our tuition fees in February 2020. Due to this pandemic, we have wasted 3 months by staying at home as the laboratories were prohibited to be entered. However, this is understandable because it is a global issue, and after receiving orders from the government, we did not have much choice than to obey.

Next, when PKP 2.0 started on 13 Jan 2021, we lost more than a month which greatly affecting our lab work and our output in general. Now, the PKP 3.0 has been continuing since Jun 2021 and we cannot expect when it will end, and how much time we will loss again. Most of the students need access to the laboratory to make progression in our Master/PhD but there are only a few of us who are allowed to work normally at one time. In addition, research involving the data collection from the community also has to put to a halt.

Therefore, we feel that it is unfair for us to make full payment for the upcoming semester (Sept 2021) as we are unable to have access to the laboratories. We know that USM is facing a huge financial impact due to COVID-19 but as a student, we are also financially affected by this situation. Hence, we would like to ask for a discount or refund on our tuition fees.

To sum up, we hope that our complaint receives your full consideration and we look forward to receiving a favourable reply from you.

Thank you.

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