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Strengthening the Telecommunications Infrastructure for PJJ

In addition to competent and skillful teachers, the distance education (PJJ) policy requires equitable internet access for successful implementation.

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Irfan, who has hearing impairment, uses sign language during a 30-minute daily online class on Wednesday (26/8/2020) from his house in Larangan, Tangerang municipality, Banten. His disability has not dampened Irfan’s enthusiasm for studying at the SLB Sumber Budi school for disabled children in South Jakarta.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS – The government’s plan to provide mobile data subsidies to teachers, lecturers, and students must be supported by a strong telecommunications infrastructure. To date, the implementation of the distance education (PJJ) policy in certain areas remains hampered by poor telecommunications networks, a shortage of mobile devices and poor adaptability of education technology among teachers.

As part of the program to support the provision of the mobile data subsidies, the Education and Culture Ministry’s director general of early childhood, primary and secondary education, Jumeri, has asked provincial education offices to instruct school principals to input their students’ mobile phone numbers to the ministry’s online base education database (Dapotik) before Monday (31/8/2020). On Tuesday, however, the ministry announced an extension to the submission deadline to Friday (11/9).

Editor: Syahnan Rangkuti
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