NUS President, Zamzam Ibrahim commented:
“Students are and always have been our priority and we welcome measures that prioritise students’ safety. It is important institutions take measures to do this in light of the ever changing pandemic. Students need clarity as to what they can expect from the next academic year in order for them to make informed choices and all staff must continue to be paid regardless of this decision.
“We need clear decision-making to combat the chaos that COVID-19 has brought to our education system and answers to how education is going to be facilitated to over seven million students who need a Student Safety Net. The government needs to move quickly to work with the higher education sector to ensure that all students are able to receive quality education next year and have the resources they need to engage with online learning. Students must be given the opportunity to redo this year at no extra cost, or to have their course fees reimbursed or written-off.”