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Safeguard children’s future

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Fresh start: New students of SMA 1 Bogor state senior high school in West Java attend a school-orientation program on their first say at school on Monday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, not all new students were physically present as others chose to attend the event virtually. (JP/P.J. Leo)

As the new school year began on Monday, millions of students and teachers across the country learned how risky education would be if we maintained the “old normal” in these times. Over 1,300 students of the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa) in Bandung, West Java, and Indonesian Military Police Training Center in neighboring Cimahi, their teaching staff and instructors have tested positive for COVID-19. The soldiers were attending an education and training program conducted face-to-face, reportedly following strict health protocols. They also lived in boarding houses during the program, as had been practiced for many years. Previously about 300 police officer candidates attending courses to win promotion in Sukabumi, West Java, contracted the virus in April. Despite the protocols, which Army chief Gen. Andika Perkasa said had been in place since March, th...