KOMPAS.com – Parents of school-aged children may face the dilemma of letting their child back to school or continuing school from home amid rising Covid-19 cases.
While many are concerned for the health of their children, the government is planning to open schools for in-class learning following the Covid-19 jab drive across the country.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said that in-class learning could go back to normal in July.
In other news, Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry will begin to use GeNose, a locally made Covid-19 detector, at the country’s airports starting from April 1. The screening tool to detect the coronavirus through human breath has already been used in train stations.
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In-Class Learning May Resume in July, Jokowi Says
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday that teachers, educators, and lecturers would be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccinations, expecting students to return to in-class learning at the beginning of the second semester.
This was said by the President, popularly known as Jokowi, during his working visit to SMA 70 public high school in Bulungan, South Jakarta to get a closer look at how teachers, educators, and lecturers receive their first dose Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine.
“Today's vaccination program for educators and teaching staff has started. Everything ran smoothly," said Jokowi on February 24.
Jokowi targeted that five million teachers will get two doses of vaccines until next June. "At the beginning of the semester in July, everything [in-class learning] could go back to normal, and that's what we aim for," said Jokowi.
Accompanying him were Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim, and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
"We want to make sure that teachers and teaching staff complete the vaccination program at the end of June. So that in July, Insya Allah [God willing], schools can be opened," said Nadiem.
Nadiem said the frequency of face-to-face learning in schools would not be done every day.