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Jakarta Post

Unpraised heroes: Educators do their best with challenge of online classes

  • Yudhistira Agato


Jakarta   /   Sat, March 6 2021   /  01:00 am
Aeera Nafisha, a student in Depok, studies alongside her mother Yuli Yudha. (JP/P.J.LEO)

Yudhistira Agato (Contributor/Jakarta)

Via Irianti’s day starts early and finishes late. In the morning, she would immediately get on her laptop, and enter the group chat with her fellow workers about their plan for the day. She then prepares her zoom classes and sets personalized tasks for each student she’s responsible for. After lunch time, there’s meetings with the teacher coordinator and some administration work. From late afternoon until late at night, Via checks the students’ video assignment, leaves comments and talks to the parents about their kids’ struggles. For the first few months of online learning, this was a normal day for Via Irianti, a 30-year-old nursery school teacher in Yogyakarta, Central Java, and possibly for many other educators all over the country. Since COVID-19 hit Indonesia back in March 2020, the government...