Central Java opens free virtual schools to lower dropout rate

Central Java opens free virtual schools to lower dropout rate

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo opens two virtual schools in the province on Tuesday (Oct 13, 2020). ANTARA/HO-Central Java Government Public Relations/sh

We are optimistic of them still learning from home through the online system and sometimes through the medium of face-to-face learning. Hence, those children with dreams can also have the opportunity
Semarang, C Java (ANTARA) - Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has started free virtual schools for children from poor families to lower the dropout rate in the region.

"The virtual schools are opened at SMAN 3 in Brebes District and SMAN 1 Kemusu in Boyolali District. Each school has 36 students," Pranowo stated here at the opening of the schools held virtually on Tuesday.

The virtual schools have been opened to offer educational access to all children since several of them dropped out of school owing to financial problems.

"We have applied this virtual school concept, so that children without access to school or having dropped out of school owing to economic problems can still study at the (virtual) schools. We will assist them to achieve their dreams," Pranowo explained.

The learning process at virtual schools are based on the national education standard, he remarked. "We are optimistic of them still learning from home through the online system and sometimes through the medium of face-to-face learning. Hence, those children with dreams can also have the opportunity," he explained.

Acting head of the Central Java Education and Culture Office Padmaningrum stated that at least 45 thousand children in the province did not have access to education or had dropped out of school due to financial difficulties.

"The virtual school is a solution for poor children to continue their studies. The virtual school is free. We will provide facilities, including smartphones and also scholarship," she noted.

More virtual schools are expected to be established in future. The virtual schools will follow the same curriculum as the regular ones, and its graduates will also receive the same educational certificate.

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