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Jakarta Post

Government asked to reassess decision to reopen more schools

  • News Desk


Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2020   /  01:00 am
Ketua MPR Bambang Soesatyo memimpin rapat pimpinan bersama bidang anggaran MPR di kompleks Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Kamis (16/4/2020). Rapat tersebut membahas pemotongan anggaran MPR 2020 karena adanya perubahan alokasi anggaran untuk penanganan pandemi virus corona atau COVID-19. (Antara/Didik Setiawan)

People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has urged the Education and Culture Ministry to reassess its decision to allow the reopening of schools in regions still deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. He called on the government to prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers, saying that the ministry should have consulted with the national COVID-19 recovery committee and epidemiologists before allowing in-person learning to resume in “yellow zones”. “I urge the government, in this case the Education and Culture Ministry, to thoroughly reassess its policy, and to take into account the feedback from the national COVID-19 recovery committee so as to prevent new COVID-19 [infection] clusters,” Bambang said in a written statement on Monday, as quoted by In-person learning, he said, should serve as a last reso...