Ministry Confirms Only Three Schools Become COVID-19 Clusters during PTM

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  • Jumeri, the Director-General of Early, Primary, and Secondary Education of the Education Ministry. ANTARA/Indriani

    Jumeri, the Director-General of Early, Primary, and Secondary Education of the Education Ministry. ANTARA/Indriani

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThree schools holding face-to-face learning or PTM became COVID-19 clusters, confirmed Jumeri, the Director-General of Early, Primary, and Secondary Education of the Education Ministry. The number, he said, was still relatively small.

    “Based on our evaluation results, there are several infection clusters found in September, including Senior High School (SMA) 1 Padang Panjang and Junior High School (SMP) 3 and 4 Mrebet Purbalingga. The three schools have carried out proper testing, tracing, and treatment. So far, the students are in good, healthy condition,” Jumeri told Tempo, Monday, September 27.

    Jumeri said the government immediately took action by re-emphasizing the importance of discipline in complying with the standard of procedure (SOP) in reopening schools on a limited basis. 

    According to him, better collaboration between the regional health agency and the COVID-19 task force was necessary to supervise, control, and handle on-site studies. “We will integrate the data on virus spread with Pedulilindungi app. It is being finalized,” he added.

    Jumeri asserted that a report saying that thousands of schools became infection clusters was incorrect. The figure was accumulated data for 14 months since July 2020. 

    “We need to distinguish data between clusters of COVID-19 and school residents who have been exposed to COVID-19,” he remarked.

    Jumeri went on to say that only schools located in regions under level 1-3 of the public mobility restriction (PPKM) were allowed to conduct limited face-to-face learning. “So schools are adopting a hybrid learning system,” he concluded.

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