P2G Alleges Commercialization in Jakarta's School Reopening Preparation

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  • A teacher is seen in the middle of a lesson with the students during face-to-face learning on the first day at SD Negeri Manggarai 01, Jakarta, Monday, August 30, 2021. Maximum classroom capacity is 50 percent for elementary, junior high and high school/vocational school levels with a minimum distance setting of 1.5 meters. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

    A teacher is seen in the middle of a lesson with the students during face-to-face learning on the first day at SD Negeri Manggarai 01, Jakarta, Monday, August 30, 2021. Maximum classroom capacity is 50 percent for elementary, junior high and high school/vocational school levels with a minimum distance setting of 1.5 meters. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Education and Teachers Association (P2G) alleged that the Jakarta Education Agency commercialized the preparation of limited school reopening as it cooperated with a private learning platform company dubbed Sekolah.mu that was tasked to assess which schools are ready to hold limited face-to-face learning (PTM).

    The P2G Head of Teacher Advocacy, Iman Zanatul Haeri, received reports that the platform asked questions outside the context of face-to-face learning and mandated students to register as members.

    “Instead of preparing the PTM, Jakarta Education Agency provides a covert commercialization room by giving the authority to assess schools reopening to one of the digital learning firms,” said Iman in a statement, Sunday, September 19.

    The assessment is part of the preparation for the implementation of limited PTM in 1,500 schools in the capital at the end of September. Previously, 610 schools have undergone limited PTM since last August 30.

    Iman said the modules also had the potential to violate the intellectual property rights of teachers and schools because teachers are required to submit documents related to their educational design, strategies, and best practices of learning.

    “What rights does this private platform company have to collect personal data and teachers’ work?” said Iman.

    P2G also questioned the partnership between the Jakarta Education Agency and Sekolah.mu because schools, teachers, students, and parents were asked to submit their personal data to the learning platform company, instead of the agency. “P2G is worried that the personal data potentially be misused and even used for the business interests of the learning platform company,” said Iman.

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