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State Junior High School no. 2 in the city of Bekasi, West Java province hold limited face to face classes on Monday (22/3/2021) Tribun Jakarta / Yusuf BachtiarState Junior High School no. 2 in the city of Bekasi, West Java province hold limited face to face classes on Monday (22/3/2021)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s schools are set to take the first tentative steps towards normality, after four cabinet ministers issued a Joint Ministerial Decree [SKB] to cautiously allow face to face learning in educational institutions for the 2021-2022 school year.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said the policy is signed by Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim, Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, and Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian.

“We are projected to begin limited face to face classes at the start of the academic year in July 2021, once the government vaccinated to the faculty and staff of schools,” he said of the decree during a press conference Tuesday.

Nadiem reiterated Muhadjir. “I urge provincial administrations throughout Indonesia to ensure that the requirements for limited face to face learning, such as attendance, be met,” said the former entrepreneur.

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“I also call on them to monitor and evaluate the progress of the classes, as well as provide safe transportation to and from the schools,” said the founder of the GoJek startup unicorn.

He maintained that discipline is key, particularly in testing for symptoms and tracing if any positive cases are found.

Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian agreed. “I hope that provincial administrations nationwide have a good understanding of the decree so they can practice the policy correctly before it gets fully up and running at a later date,” he said.

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission or KPAI called for safeguards from the schools.

“The reopening of schools for limited face to face learning should be based on factors like their readiness, standard operating procedures [SOP], and vaccinated faculty,” said KPAI Commissioner Retno Listyarti.

Students at the State Hindu Junior High School no. 2 in Sukowati district in Gianyar regency, Bali wash their hands before entering the school for face-to-face classes on Tuesday (23/3/2021). The regency administration held tight health protocols and limited the number of students in each classroom to 20. They also split the classes into two sessions between 7:30 am to 9:30 AM local time, and from 10: am to 12 pm. ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo/aww.ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo Students at the State Hindu Junior High School no. 2 in Sukowati district in Gianyar regency, Bali wash their hands before entering the school for face-to-face classes on Tuesday (23/3/2021). The regency administration held tight health protocols and limited the number of students in each classroom to 20. They also split the classes into two sessions between 7:30 am to 9:30 AM local time, and from 10: am to 12 pm. ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo/aww.

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