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Jakarta Post

Govt to rely on e-learning in new school year

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  09:05 am

It has been three months since Heriyanto, 52, a fifth-grade teacher at SD 08 elementary school in Berinang Mayung in remote Landak regency, West Kalimantan, last taught his students in the classroom.Like many other schools in the nation, Heriyanto’s school has temporarily closed since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo urged people in March to work and study from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education and Culture Ministry was quick to call on schools to turn to e-learning, and teamed up with public broadcaster TVRI to air a new educational program nationwide as an answer to the problem of school closures.But e-learning was not an option for Heriyanto’s students who mostly have neither television nor access to electricity, let alone internet access.Heriyanto and fellow teachers had to go door to door each day during the pandemic to teach their pupils one by one, or in small ...