Schools in 23 Districts / Cities throughout East Java Permitted to Open – Province East Java will soon implement face-to-face teaching and learning activities for Senior High Schools (SMA) and Vocational High Schools (SMK) in several regions. Schools in 23 districts and cities have been allowed to open.

However, before face-to-face learning, the areas that are ready will be tested first.

In accordance with the Circular (SE) issued by the Governor of East Java Khofifah Indar Parawansa number 420/11350 / 101.1 / 2020 concerning Limited Face-to-Face Learning Trials for SMA / SMK / SLB Levels in East Java on August 9, 2020, trials will begin on August 18 2020.

The circular is addressed to Regents / Mayors in East Java. There are six points in the SE. In between, it was stated that the trial was carried out because of the increasing awareness of the public in implementing health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In point one it is also explained that the trial was conducted because of the high enthusiasm of students and parents to return to school.

“The limited face-to-face learning trial schedule for the SMA / SMK / SLB levels is planned to be carried out in stages starting on August 18, 2020 in accordance with the conditions of the readiness of each school to implement health protocols and fully pay attention to the results of coordination with the district / city government and / or the Task Force. Local COVID-19, “said SE in the sixth point.

The head of the East Java Education Service, Wahid Wahyudi, confirmed the issue of Governor Khofifah’s SE. With the issuance of the SE, district / city offices and schools were asked to coordinate with the local COVID-19 Task Force.

“Infrastructure must also be prepared, starting from hand washing equipment, disinfectants and others,” he told reporters on Monday (10/8/2020).

He explained that the trial was carried out because of the many obstacles during distance learning, such as limited infrastructure in poor families.

“So they have to borrow cellphones from their neighbors. There are also those who have only one father’s cellphone, but many children need PJJ,” said Wahid.

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