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Reopening of more schools angers teachers

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11 2020   /  01:00 am
Students of SMA 1 state senior high school in Bogor, West Java, attend the school’s orientation program on the first day of school on July 13. To prevent the virus from spreading, learning activities for schools in Bogor are still being held virtually. - JP/P.J.Leo(JP/P.J.Leo)

The government’s decision to allow more schools to reopen has drawn strong criticism from pediatricians and teachers who have been calling for schools to stay focused on distance learning to prevent children from contracting the coronavirus disease. Despite daily increases of infections in Indonesia, the government expanded on Friday a school reopening policy for schools in COVID-19 yellow zones, or moderate-risk areas. The decision comes only a month after schools in green zones, or low-risk areas, were given the green light to reopen. The Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) said the change risked creating new infection clusters at schools. The group has received reports of at least 180 teachers and students from across the nation who have tested positive for the virus. “The right to live and the right for students, teachers and parents to be healt...