COVID-19 has spurred digitalization of education: official

COVID-19 has spurred digitalization of education: official

Presidential Special Staff Billy Mambrasar. (ANTARA/Sanya Dinda)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The COVID-19 pandemic, which led to students not being able to join face-to-face learning in school, has encouraged the trend of digitalization of education, Presidential Special Staff Billy Mambrasar has said.

"It is true that initially, the direction to accelerate digital education seemed only a reaction to the pandemic, but in fact, this will become a trend for education in Indonesia in the future," he remarked at an online talk show, G20, What Can We Do?, accessed from here on Wednesday.

He lauded President Joko Widodo's move to place young people with a lot of experience in the digital field into the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek).

"What the government is doing is relevant both for the post-pandemic (era) and the transformation of Indonesia's education in the long term in accordance with the current global trends and challenges," he affirmed.

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Even before the pandemic, the government had developed the eastern Palapa ring to ensure that people in the east of Indonesia could access the Internet, he noted.

"However, what is still an obstacle is that not many operators are taking advantage of the physical network that has been built. Therefore, the issue now is how to attract operators there," he said.

The development of digitalization of education is also deemed necessary since some areas in the country that lack quality teachers are also aided by digital technology, he added.

According to Mambrasar, if the country can accelerate the digitalization of education, citizens across Indonesia can access quality education more evenly.

"We will be able to reduce the gap in education between the young generation in various regions in Indonesia, especially in the eastern regions where the quality of education is still lower than the western regions," he added.

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