Jakarta School Talks of Difficulties in Holding Face-to-Face Learning



Petir Garda Bhwana

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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Committee Head of 255 State Junior High School (SMP 255) Jakarta, Aulia Prima Kurniawan, said that his side finds two difficulties after conducting a trial reopening under a hybrid or blended system which combines offline and online learning. The school conducted the trial on March 30, 2021.

    “The problems we find are related to technology and the long duration if the learning process is held alternately,” Prima told Tempo on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The learning process will take a longer time since teachers have to deliver the same two subjects to students.

    Besides, he opined that not all school infrastructure and educators are able to implement a hybrid system. Not to mention that some students also do not have supporting devices and the internet. "Some teachers are also technologically clueless.”

    “While most private schools will be able to support the infrastructure, the state ones are still difficult to do so,” Prima said.

    According to him, the Education and Culture Ministry should issue a minimum standard of education services that is in line with the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. “There is no budget yet for the standardization of the distance teaching and learning system, hybrid learning system, and so on.”

    Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said last month that the government was ready to conduct a trial of limited face-to-face learning in 96 schools in the capital. “From elementary to high school, we will try [the school reopening] in all areas of Jakarta,” said Riza at the City Hall on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

    Read: Jakarta to Resume Face-to-Face Learning on April 7