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Jakarta Post

Remote learning takes mental health toll on children, parents

  • Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:10 pm
In this undated picture, a student does his school work at home in Punik, West Nusa Tenggara, in the midst of his parents and at the supervision of a teacher, who instructs him with the help of a walkie-talkie.(JP/Panca Nugraha)

Like many parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Siti Masita, 36, sits with her 8-year-old daughter during remote learning sessions every weekday. Over time, she started to notice that her second-grader, a state elementary school student in Bekasi, West Java, wasn’t able to complete school assignments on her own. Siti began to blame herself for not having the skills to help her daughter understand the material. “Sometimes I grumble. Sometimes I get mad because she can’t seem to understand the material and gets distracted by gadgets,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “But then again, I can’t teach as well as a teacher does.” With only a few online classes to attend but an abundance of assignments to finish, the mother of three fears that her daughter has lost all interest in learning. Siti’s troubles have become all to...