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Jakarta Post

Class struggle and children’s long-distance learning

  • Julia Suryakusuma


Jakarta   /   Wed, August 5 2020   /  07:45 am
Phone-schooling: A mother helps her son with online-learning at their home in Medan, North Sumatra, on March 25. Due to the pandemic, students have to study from home, although recently the government has allowed schools in low-risk areas to reopen. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Many have complained of gaining weight during the current pandemic, due to staying at home and having the munchies. Well, there is one way to avoid that: have school age kids who are engaged in long-distance learning (Pembelajaran Jarak Jauh, PJJ). That is the experience of “Umi”, a mother with an 11-year-old son, “Tomi” in the sixth grade. Already thin, she has gotten skinnier since they followed the PJJ instruction from the Education and Culture Ministry, while Tomi has gotten chubbier and chubbier. The morning starts with roll call at 6:30, taking a photo of Tomi in his school uniform. Later this is followed by various assignments: a video of Tomi making fried rice for breakfast, written assignments, or making things. Sometimes it involves getting materials, like when Tomi had to make plasticine. Umi had to rush to the store to buy food coloring as they h...