Vaccination priority for live face-to-face learning: govt official

Vaccination priority for live face-to-face learning: govt official

Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology's Official Janaka during a virtual event here on Tuesday (October 19, 2021). (ANTARA/Martha Herlinawati Simanjuntak/FR)

During the new normal, after two months in the first phase, (live face to face learning) will be allowed, but with compliance to the health protocol
Jakarta (ANTARA) - COVID-19 vaccination will remain a priority for conducting live face-to-face learning during the new normal, official at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Janaka stated.

"During the new normal, after two months in the first phase, (live face-to-face learning) will be allowed, albeit with compliance to health protocols," he noted during a virtual event here on Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the primary requirement to conduct live face-to-face learning, he remarked.

He highlighted that this vaccination is given to teachers and lecturers, education workers, and school operators, as well as janitorial, administrative, and security staff.

He elaborated that vaccination is provided to education workers right from those in the early childhood education programs (PAUD) to the university level, whether they are public or private institutions and formal or informal institutions, including religious schools.

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Janaka noted that the learning policy during the COVID-19 pandemic had been adjusted in accordance with some considerations: safety, health, and learning achievement evaluation.

Despite the fact that COVID-19 cases are on a decline, he opined that educational institutions should still maintain stringent health protocols during the limited face-to-face learning process.

During the first two months of limited face-to-face learning transition period, education institutions are also not allowed to conduct physical activities outside the school, such as sports and extracurricular activities, he remarked.

Learning activities are still confined to classes, and they are also held once a week, with only half of the total number of children allowed, which change each week, being allowed to attend, he elaborated.

As of October 19, 2021, Indonesia had officially recorded over 4.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, 4,075,011 recoveries, and 142,999 deaths, with the number of people under treatment reaching 17,374. 

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