Covid-19: 150 counselors, psychologists monitoring student mental health at public universities, Parliament said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A total of 150 counselors and psychologists have been involved in monitoring the mental health of students from all public universities across the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad said the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) takes the mental health of students who face the stress associated with learning seriously. online after the implementation of the movement control order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“All students (who are feeling stressed) are encouraged to contact counselors or psychologists using the numbers provided at their respective universities,” he said in response to Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim (BN-Batang Lupar) during Dewan Rakyat’s session on Thursday. (September 23).

Rohani had wanted to know about the ministry’s measures to monitor students’ mental health and reduce stress due to classes, tight class time and the strict assessment method during the pandemic.

Ahmad Masrizal said 160 online stress management programs and activities were organized by public universities last year, as well as two programs organized by MOHE, with five more programs planned for this year.

The MOHE has also run similar programs in polytechnics and community colleges nationwide and has 10 nationwide psychological programs and 118 institutional-level programs scheduled for this year, he added. – Bernama

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