Saturday, 28 November 2020 | 00:57 WIB

Health Minister Supports Face-to-Face Learning at Schools Policy

Indonesia Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto (kemkes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto says his office will step up the supervision and guidance on health protocols to prevent transmission of COVID-19, in ine with the decision of allowing face-to-face learning in schools that are now being handed over to local governments.

"The Ministry of Health will fully support this policy. We are committed to increasing the role of health centers, supervising, and coaching educational units in implementing health protocols," Terawan said in a joint press conference about learning guides for the 2020-2021 school year and new academic year in Covid-19 pandemic that are monitored online in Jakarta, on Friday (1120/2020).

Minister of Health Terawan also emphasized that his office would strengthen the role of community health centers (puskesmas) as a basic health service facility related to its readiness to prevent and control COVID-19.

He said the distance learning system that had been carried out for one year during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia had caused various problems for students in terms of education, social life, and mental health.

"It turns out that there are many things that can be assessed as having various obstacles, such as the threat of children dropping out of school, the increased risk of stress in children, the occurrence of violence in children, gaps in learning achievement, and learning loss which affect children's development," said the Minister of Health.

Regarding this, the government decided that the implementation of learning through face-to-face  methods or opening of schools in the upcoming even semester 2020 is no longer based on the zoning for the spread of COVID-19, but on local government policies. Previously, the government decided to reopen face-to-face learning in schools only in the green zone of the COVID-19 affected area.

In this case the local government is expected to be able to make the right decision in granting permits to reopen education units in their region while still prioritizing the health and safety aspects of children, teachers, families and communities.

"We urge to work together to continue to improve education and safety for our children as the nation's next generation towards an advanced Indonesia. The implementation of health protocols, such as wearing masks, keeping a safe distance, and washing hands frequently with soap are new adaptations that must be done. with high discipline so that we stay healthy and safe in passing the COVID-19 pandemic," Terawan said.