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Jakarta Post

What the pandemic teaches us

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 24 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)

It is no exaggeration to call the recent suicide of a senior high school student in the South Sulawesi regency of Gowa a tragedy. The death of the teenager, who killed himself on Oct. 17 allegedly as a result of unbearable mental distress caused by his inability to cope with the demands of online learning, should be a wake-up call for all the country’s education stakeholders. The state school to which the boy went, his principal and teachers as well as the Gowa Education Agency are now being investigated, as if they should be held responsible for the death. The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has gone so far as to ask the provincial education agency to grill the headmaster and teachers to find out if they violated the guidelines for conducting distance learning, in which teachers are expected to take into consideration problems that students may face in accessing t...