Jakarta Schools Reopen; Parents Agree On-site Learning More Effective

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A number of parents agree that offline learning at schools will be more effective than remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Hendra, whose son is a tenth grade student at the SMA Negeri 23 state high school in West Jakarta, said that his son lacks focus in terms of studying at home. 

    “They online learn while lying down on their backs,” said the 47-year-old after driving his son to school on Friday, June 11. He also said his son would often be caught playing online games in the middle of a class.

    His son, Hendra went on, would sometimes skip homework due to the slack monitoring from teachers during offline learning. 

    Echoing his views, another parent Tempo asked, Suryadi (49), whose son is a twelve grade student at the SMA Negeri 23. He claimed his son would often spend more time doing other activities other than studying during remote learning

    “He’s also already bored at home,” said Suryadi, despite voicing concern over his son’s safety amidst the ongoing pandemic. 

    Both parents collectively support the government’s plan to reopen schools. Jakarta has started the back-to-school trial by reopening 143 schools in the Capital City on June 9. The SMA Negeri 23 is one of the schools permitted to participate in the trial. 

    The school’s deputy headmaster Edi Susilo stated that the school has already asked parents through surveys prior to the reopening. The survey found 90 percent of them allowing their children to go to school but under strict health protocols. 

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