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Varsity students stay positive despite uncertainties

27 Mar 2020 / 11:14 H.

PETALING JAYA: University students have chosen to stay positive despite uncertainties on e-learning and delays in their course completion dates.

Students have been forced to take extended semester breaks due to the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) but they are doing their best to prepare for the challenges.

Muhammad Haziq Azfar Ishak, 22, University of Malaya Students’ Union president, said his university will be engaging in e-learning for all subjects, while final exams for most subjects have been cancelled.

“I believe the university is doing its best, although there has been a slight delay in implementing e-learning,” he said.

“From April 27, the university will be grading the students in most subjects with a 100% ‘continuous assessment’ through methods such as quizzes and assignments,” he told theSun yesterday.

However, Haziq is worried that some lecturers may just post their presentation slides, instead of doing a video conference call.

“While some leeway should be granted to lecturers, we hope the university will provide proper guidelines to lecturers on how to conduct online classes.

Haziq said although there has been no official announcement, students have said they would reject a proposal for an extended semester if it was raised.

Despite an assurance from the university, he said the student union is also concerned with their access to equipment for online learning.

“About 10% of us do not have access to the needed facilities.”

Sunway University student Sabrina Mohamed Moffit, 22, said her final year project may be affected as it is interview-based.

“My friends and I hope there won’t be an extension to our course completion. However, we don’t view this negatively as we understand that the situation affects everyone, and we have to make the best of it,” she said.

A 26-year-old student of Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham Malaysia said she has put off part of her research.

The student, who wants to be known only as Karen, said she is focusing only on projects not involved with conducting a survey in public. “I have been advised to consider conducting my survey online to avoid a delay in completing my course,” she told theSun.

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