Minister: Limited In-Person Learning Prevents Decrease in Learning Achievement, Students’ Mental Health

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Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Nadiem Makarim (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat)

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The Government continues to push for limited in-person learning to be carried out with strict health protocols and COVID-19 management at schools.

Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Nadiem Anwar Makarim underscored that it is due to the possibility of learning loss and Indonesian students’ deteriorating mental health if online learning continues.

“[Students] are highly likely to lose between 0.8 and 1.2 years of learning. So, it is as if one generation loses almost one year of learning in this era,” he said as quoted from the official website of Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Wednesday (29/09).

The Minister added that many students have their mental health affected due to the pandemic.

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“Many of our students are feeling lonely and traumatized with this situation, so are their parents,” he said, adding that since 2020 Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has continued to advocate regional governments that have been allowed to carry out limited in-person learning to immediately execute it with careful preparation and good management.

“Forty percent of schools have started limited in-person learning, but this figure is still low. If we don’t want to be left even more behind, we must [carry out] in-person learning with the safest health protocols that can be observed,” he said.

Nadiem also pointed out that schools must understand and obey limited in-person learning guide stated in the joint decree of Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Minister of Health, and Minister of Home Affairs on Guide for Learning Process in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.

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“We must remain vigilant on the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that health protocols are observed. However, we must also pay attention to the concerning permanent impacts of online learning. The need for carrying out in-person learning is compelling and it must be understood. As many as 80-85 percent of students want to go back to school to learn in-person again,” he remarked. (PR of Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology/UN) (DH/MUR)

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