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Jakarta Post

Parents struggling to keep kids focused during online learning

  • Nina A. Loasana


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 21 2021   /  01:00 am
Online learning can be done from anywhere, at anytime as long as you have an internet access.(Shutterstock/File)

Many parents across Jakarta feel unprepared for coteaching their children at home and often struggle to help children stay focused when attending virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study has revealed. The preliminary report of a study conducted by the Southeast Asia office of the global poverty reduction research center Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) found indications that online learning has been too challenging for both parents and students despite being the safest option for educating children during the outbreak. The survey looked into 114 high- and low-poverty elementary schools across Indonesia's capital from July to August last year and polled 16,453 parents and 1,667 teachers and conducted in-depth interviews with 198 parents, 50 teachers and 10 school supervisors. “Preliminary findings suggest that this [the parents’ struggle ...