Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is told to be flexible in their arrangements to facilitate students who might extend their study period following the movement control order (MCO).

University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid said with the extended break at universities and learning institutions, students are bound to extend their study period.

“PTPTN needs to understand the situation and we have been informed through our student representatives to tell the Higher Education Ministry and PTPTN so that there is more leeway extended in this case.

“Don’t say that you won’t (budge) because the period is already spelt out in the loan agreement,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune on Sunday (July 5).

Khairuddin said, besides PTPTN, there are a lot of policies from the government that needs to be adjusted — one of it is the students’ convocation.

“If a student has finished, if they don’t have any convocation (this year) will they graduate next year? That is not fair.

“The ministry needs to have a dialogue with the university. We are also trapped as the decision to conduct online learning until Dec 31 was also done without any discussion with the university.

“If there is a discussion, then we can present our views as maybe in Sarawak, it is a bit different. We need a bottom up approach, so there must be a dialogue,” he said.