JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Jakarta provincial administration is set to start trial runs for face-to-face learning in schools throughout the capital this week, three months before the government starts the step at the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year next July.
Jakarta Education Service head Nahdiana announced that the trial run for face-to-face learning will last from April 7 to 29, 2021.
Adjusting to post Covid-19 circumstances
“The classes will be held once a week, lasting two hours between fourth grade to 12th grade. The school building will then be closed for sterilization,” she said on Monday.
“The capacity of classes will up to 50 percent of their capacity. Social distancing between students will be practiced with distances of 1.5 meter between pupils. ”
Education Department for Central Jakarta official Uripasih reiterated Nahdiana. He noted that the classes are designed to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 in the classroom, and provided a glimpse of how the policy will be carried out.
“[The classes] will be held in two sessions from 7 am to 9 am, and 10 am to 12 noon,” Uripasih said. “There will be no breaks, so [the students] will head home after class.”
Urip added that each grade will go to school according to a designated day and hour. “Each class only gets two hours a week on different days. For instance, fourth grade will be in on Wednesday, fifth grade will be in on Thursdays, while sixth grade is in on Fridays,” he noted.
“The classes at the face-to-face classes are common subjects like Math, Indonesian and Natural Sciences, while other courses will continue to be taught online.”
The Indonesian Commission for the Protection of Children [KPAI] supports the Jakarta provincial administration’s decision to start face-to-face learning. However, the commission still conveyed their reservations.
“According to KPAI’s findings, many schools in Jakarta do not have temporary isolation rooms to isolate [students or faculty and staff] who has temperatures of 37.3 Celsius and up,” said KPAI Commissioner Retno Listyarti.
“They also have no changing rooms for where students and staff that take public tr(ansportation can change their clothes, or have infrastructures in place for social distancing. Most of all, the schools generally do not have health protocols or SOPs for new normal adaptation.”
While the KPAI noted that starting face-to-face learning as a step in the right direction, the commission still questioned the authorities’ methods.
“Setting procedures in place now ensures that they will work once schools reopen next July. However, one cannot simultaneously prepare for face-to-face learning and carry it out. ”
Indonesian Minister of Education Nadiem Makarim signed a Joint Ministerial Decree [SKB], along with Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, and Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian, authorized face-to face learning by July 2021.
(Writers: Ihsanuddin, Rosiana Haryanti | Editor : Irfan Maullana, Egidius Patnistik)