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Pandemic opens way for ‘education, technology reforms'

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Outdoor class: Children from Jembatan Lima, West Jakarta, take part in an online learning program organized by the neighborhood unit (RT) management on Friday. The program was held in a park and complied with health protocols.(JP/P.J. Leo)

While it has taken a toll on students and their learning outcomes, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented opportunities for educational reform thanks to the acceleration of technology use, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has said. Speaking at the Yidan Prize Asia Pacific Conference held by Chinese education foundation Yidan Prize on Wednesday, the minister said the health crisis had caused some positive transformations, including parents’ increased participation in their children’s education. “We have never seen such a level of forced adaptation as when parents and teachers stumbled across learning how to use the technology. We’ve also never seen the number of parents who realize what a curriculum is, what homework is or how difficult it is to teach your children,” said Nadiem. He added that the pandemic had forced policymakers to work ha...