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COVID-19 Pandemic, Its Impact on Education || Dalam Bahasa Inggris

Kali ini saya akan berbagi script oratorical (10 menit) dalam bahasa inggris. Tentang isu pandemi yang masih marak dan melanda kehidupan kita saat ini, seperti dampaknya terhadap pendidikan. Berikut teksnya:

COVID-19 Pandemic, Its Impact on Education

The students' suffering in learning becomes longer because they have to return to online learning in this semester. As we know that previously there have been many schools in Indonesia planning to reopen schools in the second half of 2021, but unexpectedly the second wave of pandemic came back so that some schools postponed the reopening of the offline school.

Some of us may ask "Why does school closed again?" Meanwhile, recited from the official website, the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, stated that there were two reasons why schools would reopen with certain policies. First is because of the vaccination of educators and teaching staff. Second is to prevent lost of learning for the education in Indonesia has lagged behind of the other countries during this pandemic. 

He also added that in several regions in Indonesia, students had difficulty in online learning because they have a tough signal, and some of them did not even have a gadget. Then, recited from, data was found that the government had injected 50.6 million doses of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine as of Friday, July 9, 2021. Of this number, 35.8 million people had received the first dose of vaccine.  Meanwhile, 14.9 million people have received the second dose of the vaccine.

I know some people may argue, "The government is fickle", but actually we need to know that the government has serious considerations in making a decision. In this case, the reopening of schools will remain at risk even though many teachers and students have received the vaccine.  

However, it should be noted that the vaccine does not guarantee that a person will be free from exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

We all know that a pandemic has a lot of impact on our lives. The education sector, including students, teachers, and parents are also affected.  Related to this topic, I have noted several points related to the impact of the pandemic in the field of education, including the impact on students, teachers, the school environment, families, and assessment. 

First, the impact on students, teachers, and the school environment. Recited from, in May 2021, 26 countries closed schools completely.  The other 55 countries allow some schools to open only in certain areas or certain classes.  According to UNESCO, the pandemic is estimated to have disrupted the education of 90 percent of school-age children worldwide. This closure limits the learning activities of students and teachers.  

Some schools implement online learning, while schools with limited electricity and internet facilities must carry out learning activities via radio, television, or teachers will come to students' homes to learn.  In my own environment, fellow students admitted that participating in offline learning can improve their understanding of the material. Attending school in offline also can improve their ability to interact socially. 

With the limited activities at school, students admitted to having difficulty understanding the material because most teachers only gave assignments with limited material explanations.  

Recited from the official website, Iwan Syahril, Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel of the Ministry of Education and Technology, said that PJJ (Pembelajaran Jarak Jauh) or Distance Learning actually does not work effectively, and has an impact on students' competency decline.  

He added that Indonesia experienced a learning loss due to a decrease in student competency mastery. This has a long-term impact, it is even predicted that it will take up to 9 years to correct the lag. However, if schools are to remain open, can we imagine how much the disruption of COVID-19 will affect learning?  This choice is certainly not appropriate because it is more risky.

Nevertheless, the pandemic not only brings bad effects, but also brings positive impacts. Recited from, Nizam, Director General of Higher Education Kemendikbud, explained that this pandemic period can train and instill students' habits to become independent learners through various online classes or webinars that are attended by students.  

In addition, students can also work together to solve problems in learning. Other than that, the existing challenges can be an opportunity for all of us to improve skills in the fields of technology, multiliteracy, and critical thinking. These skills can help us to be more competent and competitive in the 21st century.

Second, the impact on families, especially on  students' family. Families are central to education and are widely agreed to provide major inputs into a child’s learning, as described by Bjorklund and Salvanes (2011). All of us know that online learning makes parents have to replace the teacher's position in accompanying their children's learning.

 From this case, the negative impact is that not many parents have time to accompany their children. Parents also have to work and go back to school, lessons, as a result, both parents and children experience stress.  On the other hand, we can find some parents who do their children's assignments because they don't know how to teach.

Otherwise, the positive impact is online learning will surely produce some inspirational moments, some angry moments, some fun moments and some frustrated moments, it seems very unlikely that it will on average replace the learning lost from school. But the bigger point is this: there will likely be substantial disparities between families in the extent to which they can help their children learn. 

Third, the assessment. Many schools replacing traditional exams with online assessment tools. This is a new area for both teachers and students, and assessments will likely have larger measurement error than usual. Research shows that employers use educational credentials such as degree classifications and grade point averages to sort applicants (Piopiunik et al. 2020). 

Network and signal problems often hinder the student assessment process so that their test results are not optimal. Moreover, I believe that we all know that online exams don't guarantee that students take exams honestly.  This is quietly bad for the character growth of students. Aside from that, the results of student assessments become impure.

Based on these problems, What can be done to mitigate the negative impacts? First, students must cultivate self-awareness for discipline in learning. Second, schools can continue to carry out online learning, then take offline exams to train students' honesty.  In addition, for remote areas with limited facilities, we can carry out learning through radio and television.  

For example, schools can work with local television to broadcast learning materials that have been provided.  Third, for parents, it is necessary to increase awareness about the importance of giving support and appreciation to children so that children are more enthusiastic in learning.

Finally, I believe that schools need resources to rebuild the loss in learning, once they open again. How these resources are used, and how to target the children who were especially hard hit, is an open question. Given the evidence of the importance of assessments for learning, schools should also consider postponing rather than skipping internal assessments. 

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