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Classes to Stay Online in Indonesian Schools Until Further Notice

June 16, 2020, 07.31 PM


JAKARTA, – Universities and schools throughout Indonesia have yet to return to  in-class instruction even as the country prepares to get back in business for the New Normal phase.

“Classes from university down to grade school will be held online until further notice, as we are going to put safety first,” Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said in a video conference on June 15.

“The format of online classes will be retained as schools begin the 2020–2021 school year next July,” he said. "Public and private universities begin their 2020 – 2021 academic year next August, while religious universities will follow suit next September.”

Retaining life in universities

“While university classes will still be held online, it does not mean that life in campus will ground to a halt,” added the former Gojek founder and CEO.

“Students can still go to campus for some urgent needs, especially those related to their graduation, such as theses or dissertation.”

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“I suggested that classes that cannot be held online should be held at the end of the semester,” said Nadiem.

"These include laboratory research, workshops and other activities requiring tools and machinery. Even then, they require the use of health and safety protocols.”

Nadiem pointed out that curtailing the activities would result in various problems, not least those that hinder the students’ chances of graduating.

Prolonging studies from home

Nadiem added that online classes will also be the order of the day for primary and secondary schools. “94 percent of all schools [in Indonesia] are in yellow, orange, and red zones, which are not safe enough for face-to-face learning,” he said.

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“Face-to-face learning is approved in the six percent of areas designated as green zones. Even then it will depend on the authorities, parents, and other criteria,” said Nadiem. “But if they changed their designation to yellow zones, those classes will be made online as well.”

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Limiting classroom numbers 

Nadiem said that classroom number will be tightly controlled. “The classes will be at 50 percent or a third of their normal numbers. In primary or secondary schools, that will be a maximum of 18 students, down from 36 pupils.” 

“Preschool and kindergarten will have five students, out of normal levels of 15 and eight respectively. All will be subject to health protocols, social distancing with distances of between 1.5 to three meters, as well as shifts per classroom, .”

Nadiem added that extracurricular activities as well as sports will be curtailed until further notice.

(Writer/Editor: Ayunda Pininta Kasih)



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