More than 45 million Indonesians students are holed up at home for the rest of the academic year, as schools close to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease.Much like the rest of the world, these children face some of the longest no-school days in history, without much certainty of when it all will end.Some schools in big cities are blessed with better access to technology, allowing them to shift to doing schoolwork online during the quarantine. But most students, especially those who live in rural areas or come from low-income families, are stuck in limbo; some struggle with slow internet, while others can’t even afford it. But a new educational program airing on public broadcaster TVRI might provide a good opportunity for more students across the archipelago to do their schoolwork from home.On Thursday morning at around 7:30 a.m., cousins Bagus, 8, and Nail, 11, are already glued to the television set in their room in Cipete, South Jakarta, while devouring a bowl of warm chicken porridge for breakfast. It has been around a month since their school has closed down, but these days, they still have a reason to wake up early.Read also: Studying from home: Seven online learning platforms for studentsThat morning, they showered early and got ready to study.While their mothers, who work as housemaids, had already gone to do morning chores at their employers’ house, the two children were settled in front of the TV with books and pencils in hand. TVRI was on.Bagus shifted closer to the TV when the program Belajar dari Rumah (Study From Home) started airing at 8.30 a.m. Pak Ridwan, a teacher for grades 1 and 3 who instructed them that day, popped up on-screen wearing traditional Betawi clothes.He said it was math class that day. Soon, colorful triangular animations began outlining real-life objects on the screen.Bagus correctly guessed several names of objects that Pak Ridwan pointed at enthusiastically.“It’s fun! I like studying from TVRI. And there are cartoons, too,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Before Belajar dari Rumah aired, Bagus’ teachers at school would send schoolwork over through his mother’s WhatsApp chats and ask him to snap pictures of the finished task to send back. Once in a while, they would have video conferences with other classmates and teachers.The program had brought some much-needed color into the monotony of their quarantine study routine.“After I finish watching, the program gives us tasks. I will finish it right away and send it to my teacher,” Bagus said. The teacher will then check his work and they will discuss it via WhatsApp.The Belajar dari Rumah program, which began airing on Mondays to give students a change of pace during the COVID-19 quarantine, is the brainchild of the Education and Culture Ministry and is welcomed by many parents and children alike.The program features 30-minute blocks on a certain school lesson for different levels of instruction, beginning at 8 a.m. and finishing at 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday.It covers six groups of instructional levels: kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, junior high school, senior high school and a program for parents and teachers.Read also: COVID-19: Central Java students demand ‘creativity’ amid boredom of remote studyingFelicia Lia Oktora, 42, a mother of two from Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, said her children were also excited about the program. It was the first time they had watched TVRI, having mostly relied on western TV or DVDs for learning activities at home.“They miss school, their friends and teachers […] but they are really excited about studying from home because they can wear their everyday clothes and watch while enjoying breakfast,” Lia told the Post on Thursday.She hopes it will continue beyond the pandemic.The ministry recently announced that the program would air for three months until July.“Belajar dari Rumah is an effort […] to provide education for all during these COVID-19 emergency days,” Education Minister Nadiem Makarim said recently.However, some regions were still unaware that such programs were airing. Cicilia Mamman, a senior high school teacher from Nabire, Papua, said she did not get any information from the local education agency.“We are still struggling to study every day because we generally still use WhatsApp groups and we cannot track all of our students as some of them don’t have smartphones,” she said.“We also can’t do any video-conferencing because of the poor internet reception here.”TVRI acting president director Supriyono said the broadcaster made sure the program aired on 29 local TVRI stations across the country.With the largest coverage nationally, the station can reach more than 78 percent of the Indonesian population — three times higher than any private TV channels.”This is the time for us to once again become the public’s television station, serving students in this emergency situation. Not every household has money or the conditions to provide a stable internet connection,” he told the Post on Thursday.A study from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association shows that 64.8 percent of the total population of 264 million Indonesians were connected to the internet in 2018.The Indonesian Teacher Unions Federation (FSGI) applauded the government’s decision to launch the educational TV program. FSGI deputy secretary-general Satriwan Salim said it would hopefully help students in remote areas that have difficulty with distance learning.“But we have to remember this is only a supplementary material; this is not the main source of learning for students. Teachers must also prepare various materials for students […] Don’t make too many assignments that end up weighing on them,” he said.Topics :
The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade continues to support the local government units in Negros Occidental against coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. On May 12, the troops helped in picking up and transporting additional personal protective equipment for the government hospitals in this province from the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City. 303RD INFANTRY BRIGADE BACOLOD City – The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde) based in Negros Occidental continues to lend a hand to the government in the continuing battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303IBde, said that troops in this province are providing augmentation support in security, manpower, and logistics to the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force.“Your Army in Negros Occidental will continue its mandate, especially in supporting the efforts of the local government units to contain the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to provide manpower and mobility assets,” Pasaporte said in a statement on May 13.The 303IBde, whose headquarters is in Mucria town, supervises the 94th, 79th and 62nd Infantry Battalions (IBs) based in the northern and central parts of this province.On May 12, brigade troops joined the personnel of the 14th Civil Military Operations Battalion, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Fire Protection at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City to pick up and to transport the additional personal protective equipment for government hospitals in this province.In the northern part of Negros Occidental, meanwhile, troops of 79IB based in Sagay City provided security in different barangays during the distribution of the national government’s social amelioration grants to beneficiaries and the social pension for senior citizens.(With a report from PNA/PN)
After a highly anticipated debut of the WWE SmackDown, WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston lost his championship title to Brock Lesnar after a bout that lasted nine seconds.Kofi Kingston who had held the WWE Championship title since WrestleMania 35 and successfully defended it against the likes of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Randy Orton, was immediately pinned by Lesnar after being hit with a single F-5. After the match, Rey Mysterio made a surprise entrance alongside Cain Velasquez – the former UFC star who knocked out Lesnar at UFC 121 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2010. Many WWE fans were heartbroken for Kingston, who saw his epic WWE title reign end in the briefest of squash matches.