College reopens, adhering to health, safety guidelines

Lyna Mohamad

The Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) was among the several private higher learning institutions which reopened its classes yesterday after preparations and arrangements in view of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Sultanate.

Students must register to the BruHealth app and scan the QR code to enter.

They are also required to report to the main building for mandatory temperature checks.

KIGS CEO Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil said the reopening of the college and students attendance are based on the lecturers’ preference to teach in class or online.

Physical classes will follow the guidelines set by the ministries.

Students are also required to observe physical distancing while parents are advised to pick up their children promptly to avoid crowding at the designated waiting area.

Meanwhile, Head of Multimedia and Broadcasting Faculty Haji Nor Hasnul bin Haji Mohd Hamdani said the college focussed on good health behaviours to prevent the spread of the virus.

A student scans a QR code before entering the KIGS building. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

The college provides clear instructions and guidance for safe operations before and after lectures.

The college also adheres to common hygiene practices observed by educational institutions in the country such as the use of face mask, hand sanitisers and soaps as well as rearrangement of chairs and tables.

Students and lecturers who feel unwell are urged to stay home.

“Some lectures are online especially on theoretical subjects, but some require face-to-face classes for final projects.”

Lecturer Hassanal said some safety protocols set by the government may be tough for students, however, they will ensure the students comply those such as sitting arrangements in class and waiting areas are set according to the safety protocols.

Another precautionary initiative implemented at the college is the posting of the KIGS Safety Guideline initiated and produced by the college’s Student Council.

Council President Abdul Rahim bin Haji Abdul Rahman said a video was shot and uploaded to Instagram to reach a wider audiences through re-posts and sharing.

A media team led by Muhd Nuur Siraaj bin Haji Muhd Rosanan together with the Student Council created an informative short video to raise awareness on the rules and guidelines made by the Ministry of Health.

The video will also keep students informed on the dos and donts at the college’s premises.