The Indonesian government is preparing to implement a new normal or a new order of life. One of the things that needs to be prepared is in the field of education. One representative also suggested copying Australia. Reported by Kompas.com, Friday (05/29/2020).
Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission X Hetifah Sjaifudian asked the government to imitate Australia because according to him it could be a good start. Taking the example of other countries that have already implemented new normal, the Indonesian government does not need to repeat from zero.
According to him in Australia face-to-face learning is only once a week. Face to face in the classroom is functioned more as a means of evaluating online learning that has been done for a week.
“In some states in Australia, students only enter once a week according to their schedule and only briefly like taking a report card,” he said. Meanwhile, reported by ABC, Thursday (05/07/2020). The government’s suggestion about whether students should attend school in the middle of a pandemic varies across Australia.
In addition, sometimes it causes confusion and controversy. Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all state schools to return to face-to-face learning in June. The state of Victoria continues to prevent parents from sending their children back to school. But New South Wales and Queensland made gradual returns.
What is the policy of each state in Australia regarding the implementation of new normal in schools?
New South Wales
The New South Wales government wants students to come once a week starting May 11 or the third week of the second semester. Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said 12th grade students would be a priority when public schools continue face-to-face teaching in mid-May.
They go to school in full, but other students take turns. According to the government of New South Wales, the gradual approach means there are fewer students in the school every day and gives plenty of room.
Queensland Chief Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the return of some schools from mid-May.
Kindergarten, preparation, first year students, 11th grade, and 12th grade return to school on May 11th. Then on May 15 the government will evaluate it. If successful or the transmission rate is low, at the end of May all students will return to school.
Palaszczuk said the plan could change if there were an increase in cases of corona virus, new cases, or local transmission. “This is a problem for many people and I know it is very difficult for parents at home,” Palaszczuk said.
Victoria About 97 percent of Victorian public school students learn from home. Suggestions from the government emphasize that all students who can learn from home must learn from home, but students who cannot study at home can attend their regular school.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said it would allow students to return to classrooms before the third semester if medical evidence supports the move. Meanwhile state schools are ready for online classes during the second semester.
About 60 percent of public school students in Western Australia return to classrooms for the first semester day at the end of April. According to Prime Minister Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery, children should be encouraged to attend, but parents have the choice to keep them at home if they want.
Students in grades 11 and 12 are strongly advised to attend. The same thing happened in Catholic Schools and Independent Schools. However, students from kindergarten through grade 10 do distance learning or online. At least that is done in the first four weeks of the learning period, regardless of whether they attend class or not.
South Australian Minister of Education John Gardner instead expects his students to be present at face-to-face learning. More than two-thirds of public school students in South Australia attend classes face-to-face at the end of April.
Gardner said 23 percent of students study from home for one week, but most of them are expected to return to school early May.
Tasmania According to Prime Minister Peter Gutwein, parents must keep their children at home if they can. Schools in northwest Tasmania reopened in early May after locking up the corona virus for 3 weeks. The Tasmanian Ministry of Education prioritizes first-year students and high school students to return to school.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said schools were safe, but most schools remained closed to limit the movement of people in the community. The government focused on the field of education in the early years and grades 11 and 12. They realized that 12th grade students experienced difficult things.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
In the national capital, a number of private schools start face-to-face classes in mid-May. Meanwhile, state school students in Canberra began returning to school on May 18 under the gradual opening of the school. That also applies to preschoolers, kindergartens, and 1st, 2nd and 7th year students. Students in grades 11 and 12 also return to school for students enrolled in subjects who need them.
A week later, on May 25, 3rd, 4th and 10th year students start school too. The last ones to return to school on June 2 were 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th year students. Before returning to school, previously students at ACT used a distance learning system. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said ACT has the best distance learning system in the country. They provide free computers and internet access for students in need.