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Covid-19 spawns whole new learning experience

Ability of Indonesian schools to adapt to distance learning is heavily influenced by access to communication technology

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Covid-19 spawns whole new learning experience

Kalista Apriliana (left), a 12-year-old student at a Catholic primary school in East Manggarai district on Flores island, studies at home with her classmate. (Photo supplied)

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For students in cities, distance learning will not be a serious problem during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly all have everything they need, such as smartphones and a high-speed internet connection.

However, for students in remote areas such as Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, many do not have that luxury.

Kalista Apriliana, a 12-year-old student at a Catholic primary school in East Manggarai district on Flores island, has not been able to interact with her teachers for guidance for more than a month since social distancing was imposed.

“I was told to study on my own at home, sometimes with friends, without any teacher,” Apriliana told UCA News.

Aventius Arut, one of her teachers, said distance learning is a problem. "Only a few students or parents have mobile phones, many of which cannot be used to access the internet," he said.

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