Currently the world is experiencing a crisis due to the spread of a dangerous virus that causes the regulation of the West Java education calendar to change slightly. Because after the government prohibits residents from leaving the house so as not to be affected by the virus, learning activities are required to continue during this pandemic period is still considered dangerous.
Therefore, changes in the learning system are determined by the Education Office and this applies to all educational institutions and institutions in Indonesia. From the initial face-to-face, now students and teachers must start online learning using an application in order to continue learning even though they have to force both parties to be able to use gadgets.
Of course, this was initially welcomed by parents because learning can continue in the midst of this difficult time. For the Java region and surrounding areas, the local government must comply with the regulations set by the Education Office. With this decision, the West Java education calendar of course also undergoes changes.
If you look deeper, the regulation changes are increasingly making students saturated because the tasks given make it passive and difficult to get learning materials according to the curriculum. Students can only get some material but even then it lasts short without a definite explanation because online activities cannot always be effective in providing learning.
Education Office and Government Strive to Support Learning
Because online activities are considered difficult to do, the Government and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and some special staff finally tried to provide several assistance programs in order to support the learning process. But you are calm because the program does not affect the West Java education calendar so that learning activities can continue to be carried out.
Assistance programs to support west Java education include Student Monthly Contributions (IBPD), One-Stop Integrated Schools, West Java Masagi, Economically Incapable Families (KETM), Universal Secondary Education Assistance (BPMU) and Vocational High School Revitalization and several scholarships from the West Java Education Office.
Of course, this is good news because government activities want to support learning activities during the infectious virus pandemic. But unfortunately the program is only valid in the West Java education calendar period of 2020/2021 early semester so that the program has ended in December 2020 yesterday.
But you are calm even though there is no aid fund in 2021, you still get help from the government, especially the West Java Regional Government which is trying to reduce the cost of school SPP. Moreover, the government is also still running the KIP program and the Bos Fund to support the learning process in the current new normal.
Adjustment of West Java Education Calendar Learning Activities
Currently, the learning activities of all institutions and educational institutions still use online methods so that learning activities still have to continue to be carried out. Although many parents of students are not happy, but of course this is one of the government’s concerns for its people to be safe and not avoid infectious disease attacks.
Moreover, after learning activities began to use online methods, currently many students have been saved from infectious virus attacks. Since the start of the second semester of the West Java education calendar on January 11, 2021, many students have begun to get used to online learning methods so that the problems have been slightly resolved.
Later students will continue to use this learning method until the situation is completely safe and ensured that there is no danger of infectious risks when they start to meet face to face. Even so, the Education Office still tries to change the education curriculum to better suit online learning methods that were not suitable at first because they used to meet face to face.
Until now, a variety of new tasks have begun to be given such as making gymnastics videos or practices so that students can continue to move actively even using online learning methods. Over time, the second semester of the West Java education calendar will be completed on June 25, 2021 with the method of sharing the report card like the previous semester.
The Government Calls for the Cooperation of All Parties to Support Learning
With the new normal today, learning activities become more directed and focused to further provide learning comfort for everyone involved. Whether it is parents, teachers and students, the Education Office and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendikbud) continue to strive to provide the best for their younger generation.
Even over time, online learning systems have begun to be accepted by all circles of society. From kindergartens to higher education lecture activities, online systems have been used as the most effective learning method to maintain everyone’s health whether it is from the attack of dangerous viruses or other problems.
In addition, there are currently several green zones in west Java that allow students to go to school. But it is still worth noting if all of it must follow the applicable protocols so that certain problems do not occur. The West Java education calendar will also take several steps by following the local government somewhat able to adjust the situation.
The green zone in the sense of being one of the areas with a low level of spread of the virus so that it is safe for a while for the community. But the West Java regional government still appeals strictly so that the community can follow the applicable rules. If not, then there are sanctions for not complying with the applicable rules.
Use of Online Learning Activities for Teachers and Students
As we know if online learning becomes the most effective method for now in order to avoid infectious viral diseases. In addition to normal learning activities that follow the West Java education calendar, teachers must also adjust to the new material curriculum from the Education Office in order to be more relaxed when teaching.
Because this is new for most people in Indonesia, of course, the early days will be very difficult to get used to because of the lack of experience in a particular field. But over time, the West Java regional government believes that all staff and workers who work will be able to get through this difficult time together.
The West Java education calendar is indeed a reference for teachers and teachers to give their best efforts within the predetermined period. This of course will continue to be driven by the government so that the people of Indonesia can get used to new learning systems and patterns to face the new normal.
You as a teacher can continue to give your best efforts to support students to continue to grow in the midst of these very bad conditions. Do not lose your spirit and keep trying to keep going so that you can welcome a good day in the future. Education will always be a priority in order to be able to answer the demands of the younger generation.
The government will also continue to strive to provide the best efforts from bos and KIP funds so that every child can enjoy better learning. Not only West Java, all provincial areas in Indonesia also experienced the same thing and continued to struggle. By being guided by the West Java education calendar, we can continue to advance to improve the achievements of the younger generation.