UTM: Conduct Online Classes this semester during Covid19 Pandemic till February 2020

UTM: Conduct Online Classes this semester during Covid19 Pandemic till February 2020

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In this current pandemic many higher education institutes have resumed face to face classes. However, until a vaccine has been readied there is no guarantee that there won't be another wave of cases in the rising.

UTM has already been a frontrunner when it comes to students' safety and they have done an amazing job preserving their health and welfare. However if face to face classes are resumed from the upcoming semester all that will have been for naught. 

Yes, there are some courses that require face to face activities such as labwork and practical activities. However, other courses need not unnecessarily be conducted inside a classroom. Almost 80% of international students have gone back to their respective home countries and have adjusted with online classes in hopes of being vaccinated and coming back to the wonderful UTM campus life. However, many are at risk of being infected if they plan to travel from their country back to Malaysia, especially if their countries have a lot of cases. The mandatory quarantine ordered by the Malaysian government puts on a toll on many international students' families as many places all over the world are decreasing their family's incomes. There is no need for UTM to potentially risk their students' wellbeing by conducting face2face classes for courses that can easily be done online.

UTM has shown how it can quickly adapt to tough situations, and now in the current state of the world, choosing to take face2face classes will be a step in the backward direction. UTM needs to prioritize the health of the hardworking lecturers and students alike. Taking exams with 100 to 300 students in an exam hall will surely be hazardous for all involved.

Many countries are showing signs of preparing a Covid 19 vaccine that may be applied to the public early next year 2021. It is in UTMs best interest to resume full face2face classes only after students and staff have received the vaccine. 

We hope our words resonate with the people in charge and we wish that respective faculties make the decision that benefits both the university and it's students, because one cannot exist without the other. 

On behalf of UTM Student Body

Thank you.

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