The sedentary 2020-2021 academic year is coming close to an end while COVID-19 vaccinations are progressively being administered. Does this signal the return of conventional schooling, or is it still deemed unsafe?
The Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, is pushing for the opening of Indonesian schools, provided every educational staff is vaccinated. He states that Indonesia is lagging far behind in terms of schooling statuses. Out of 23 Asian-Pacific countries, Indonesia is within the 15% minority whose schools are “partially open”.
Nadiem further reasons that despite the comparatively worse pandemic in the US, a minimum of 40% of schools have reopened.
Moreover, the high-risk symptoms of the pandemic are known to only be present in adults of age 31-51. While the majority of symptoms in infected children are benign.
According to Nadiem’s analysis, the cases of infection in children happen in outside-school environments, and are usually transmitted by adults. Therefore he regards schools to be relatively safe, once teachers and other staff are fully vaccinated.
Due to this, every Indonesian school will be obliged by the Ministry of Education and Culture to offer offline schooling to their students once vaccinations are fully implemented.
In light of all this news, last Saturday, on 10th April, all Sampoerna Academy Medan personnel have been vaccinated. A remark from the school’s Dean of Academics, Harish Gupta, reveals that the school is planning to open their doors to students this coming July. Each class will have a maximum of 15 students. Classes whose head count exceeds the given value shall be divided into groups which will rotate between online and offline school days.