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Government pushes for school reopening

  • Nina A. Loasana and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, April 4, 2021   /  04:58 pm
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Students from SDN Karang Raharja 02 state elementary school in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java, take part in a simulation for future in-class learning on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

The government has ordered schools that have completed vaccinating their teachers, administrators and staff members to immediately resume in-person learning, aiming to fully reopen schools across the country for the new academic year in July. While some epidemiologists believe that schools can reopen safely, teachers are cautious about the plan as vaccination drives remain sluggish and schools are struggling to provide the necessary infrastructure to implement health protocols. The decision for immediate school reopening was issued last Tuesday through a joint decree signed by the education minister, health minister, home minister and religious affairs minister, who oversees madrassas and Islamic boarding schools (Pesantren). Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said resuming in-person classes as soon as possible was necessary as prolonged school closure could potential...