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Bali Authorities Warn Schools for Allowing In-Person Learning

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Badung Education Agency has strictly warned six schools that were caught facilitating in-person learning during partial lockdown currently in place. The government recently postponed the resumption of in-person classes due to the pandemic, ordering schools in Bali to continue teaching virtually. The majority of the six schools caught violating the order were international schools, with mostly foreign students. 

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The Head of Badung Education, Youth and Sports Agency (Kadispora), I Made Mandi summoned the principals of the six schools in Badung for violating the government regulation.

“After receiving reports regarding schools that neglected government instruction to continue the virtual learning process, we called all the principles to give them serious warning,” said Mandi on Friday (5/3).

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Made Mandi told them to stop the in-person learning, otherwise their permit would be revoked. He urged them to follow the protocols and regulations set by the government in order to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 at schools.

He is cooperating with the Public Civil Service Officer to regularly inspect the implementation of community-based partial lockdown, especially with schools in Badung District. “So there will be no more in-person learning until further notice,” Mandi added.

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Most principals from the mentioned schools complained about the policy, stating that they received complaints from parents saying that their children could not keep up with the virtual learning process.

“We will take decisive action by revoking their permit if they keep ignoring our regulations” Made Mandi concluded.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Why are schools still closed? If schools can open safely, following protocol, they should be open. Kids have gone a year away from school. This is bad for the students, families, and future of Indonesia. Schools CAN open safely! Instead of closing these schools, ask them how it can be done safely!


Wednesday 10th of March 2021

@Anne, if the schools have the capacity to implement virtual learning and the students have adequate wifi and laptops etc which I assume the international schools do they should respect the wishes of the government the situation would be different if the kids dont have adequate wifi or proper technology to ensure virtual learning.