Face-to-Face Learning at School Must Meet Parents' Consent: Education Expert



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaEducational practitioner Satriwan Salim asked regional governments and schools to always involve students’ parents in implementing face-to-face learning at schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “The local government should not open schools as they please without asking for the consent of all parents of students without exception. Local governments and schools must involve parents,” said Satriwan in his statement here on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

    According to him, if parents refuse to send their children to schools, teachers and the school are still obliged to provide learning services to these students, either online and offline.

    “Schools cannot force parents to give permission. Obtaining educational services is a basic right of students,” remarked Satriawan who is also the coordinator of the Association for Education and Teachers (P2G).

    In addition, he also asked the Ministry of Education and Culture to check the schools’ readiness and infrastructure to comply with the health protocols against Covid-19, as well as the readiness and consent of parents.

    “Even though the regional government is given the authority to determine which schools in its area can be reopened or not, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Ministry of Home Affairs must not let go [of their responsibilities related to school reopening],” Satriawan added.

    As previously reported, the Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim allowed regional governments to reopen schools and carry out face-to-face learning beginning the even semester of the 2020/2021 academic year or January 2021.

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