Derap Perempuan Kreatif Get Together with Mayor of Bogor and Epidemiologist from Veterinary Medicine Faculty of IPB University Related to Readiness of Face-to-Face Learning in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following up on Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) expectation related to Face-to-Face learning in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, Derap Perempuan Kreatif Indonesia Peduli Bangsa (DPKIPB) held a National Webinar, 9/1 with the theme of “Government, Educational Institutions, Parents and Students Readiness to Encounter Face-to-Face Learning in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic.”

In her opening speech, Prof Aida Vitayala S Hubeis, DPKIPB chairman who is also a lecturer in Department of Communication Science and Community Development revealed that the Webinar intentionally talk about Face-to-Face learning considering  the current situation is full of uncertainty. Therefore, awareness about Covid-19 and other risks is needed as well as preparation to minimize the risk of transmission are things that all parties need to be aware of.

This event was attended by hundreds of participant from educational institutions, parents, and students from all over Indonesia. This Webinar presents Bima Arya, Mayor of Bogor as one of its speakers.  He delivered policies related to face-to-face learning and also explained about risk-based management for Face-to-Face learning.

“Face-to-face learning policy is still not possible in 2021 because it is still very risky,” he said.

Furthermore he explained schools and universities need to notice three main factors to prevent Covid-19 transmission in educational environment. These factors include technical preparation of health protocols in schools, school committee and parents support, also COVID-19 condition in Bogor which can be stated under control.

“Local government itself has tried to socialize to schools related to proposing requests to the city government regarding technical preparation and support from the school committee,” Bima added.

Unfortunately, until now there are no schools, especially public schools, that have submitted committee and parent support he said. Referring to survey results conducted by each schools, the support was thinly split among parents. Examination of technical preparation in several schools also found that most schools were not ready. Those three factors still cannot be fulfilled so Face-to-Face learning experiments also cannot be done.

At IPB University itself, Dr Dradjat Martianto, IPB University Vice Rector of Academic and Student Affairs said, even semester 2020/2021 teaching and learning activities is still done online. He said if needed  short, medium, and long term efforts also readiness of learning patterns.

“Government can invest the right and supporting infrastructure during teaching and learning activities,” Dr Drajat explained.


Meanwhile, Dr Etih Sudarnika, Head of Veterinary Public Health Division, Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, IPB University explained related to management and bio risk-based treatment for Face-to-face learning in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic. She said apart from physical health risks, student’s psychosocial risks should also be prioritized. Implementation of risk-based management between middle schools and universities surely need to be distinguished because of its different characteristics.

It is necessary to consider Face-to-Face learning and teaching activities to ensure the continuity of education and children development in a safe, adequate, and appropriate manner.

“However, in addition to supporting continuity of education, on the other hand, schools also have to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission at schools and universities, this is tough. Another thing is schools and universities potential to strengthen the Covid-19 transmission. So with the reopening of schools and universities actually increases transmission, that should be avoided,” She said. (MW)

Published Date : 11-Jan-2021

Resource Person : Prof Aida Vitayala S Hubeis, Bima Arya, Dr Dradjat Martianto, Dr Etih Sudarnika

Keyword : Covid-19 handling, Face-to-face teaching and learning activities, Bogor Mayor, DKPIPB, IPB University, Bio risk management