Longer semester breaks for UTP students

Longer semester breaks for UTP students

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Alisha Albakri started this petition to Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Three years ago, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) had implemented a new semester system, where instead of having two semesters per year, UTP now has three semesters in a year. Thus, this reduced the number of weeks of teaching and learning from 14 weeks to 12 weeks. A few problems have arisen amongst some students that are experiencing their student lives in UTP with the new semester system. These problems include short semester breaks and the inevitable rush to complete a syllabus at the end of a semester. Thus, this petition is made to urge the UTP management to consider going back to the old semester system, where semester breaks are longer and there is ample time to finish the course’s syllabus.

Here are some of the reasons why the old semester system benefits the students more.

1. Longer Semester Breaks:

- Students get to de-stress and take care of their well-being and mental health.

- Students get to spend more time with their friends and family.

- Students get to work to gain some working experience or go for an unpaid internship.

2. Longer Semester Period:

- Amount of coursework is distributed evenly so that not everything is due in the last two weeks, which is very hectic for the students.

- Lecturers and students have more time to finish the syllabus. This is to make sure the teaching and learning activity is not dragged into the study week. 

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