Unimas Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof Kadim Suaidi (centre) with SK St Patrick Krokong, Bau headmaster Bhill Diway (left) and Faculty of Language and Communication dean Prof Dr Ambigaphaty Pandian take a look at a book after the presentation of certificates and assistance to SK St Patrick, Bau in conjunction with Reading with Mother Project at Unimas in Kota Samarahan. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) online teaching and learning course is well-received by its students.

According to Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, the participation rate for students in its online courses is approaching the 100 percent mark.

He said attendance was taken for all subjects whereby all of the subjects recorded an attendance of above the 90 percent mark, bringing the overall attendance rate at a high 95 percent.

“This does not mean that the other five percent are absent. It all depends on the subjects,” he told reporters when met on Tuesday (Jul 7).

As for the e-assessment system, he noted that the attendance rate was a full 100 percent.

He added that the lecturers were also adapting well to the new norm of online teaching, despite having encountered some struggles earlier in the implementation.

“However, we have provided sufficient preparations for our lecturers and we have also developed a training programme and suitable platforms to make it easy for them to post their materials.

“We have also given them sufficient trainings during the movement control order (MCO) through remote meetings and webinars. These trainings are ongoing for the lecturers in order for them to prepare in facing this situation,” he added.

As of now, there are some 15,000 students currently studying with the institution, Mohamad Kadim said. Some 2,000 are postgraduate students, while 600 are foundation students, and the rest are undergraduate students.