"If we can finish the vaccination program by the end of June, then for the next academic year in July we can have face-to-face learning," he said at the launch of the vaccination program for education workers at SMAN 70 Jakarta on Wednesday.
However, schools would still need to apply stringent health protocols even after teachers are vaccinated as COVID-19 transmission is yet to be fully brought under control, he added.
The government, Makarim said, has taken necessary measures to resume face-to-face learning because long-term online schooling would have a negative impact on child development.
"We are taking immediate and agile moves to recover face-to-face learning," he stated.
During the launch of COVID-19 vaccination in SMAN 70 Jakarta, 650 education workers comprising teachers, lecturers, and activists received their first vaccine jab.
Vaccination in other regions will be conducted in coordination with the education and culture office in the regions.
The ministry is targeting to get about five million teachers vaccinated by the end of June, 2021. (INE)
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