Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic in Education Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed people's lives, including the education sector. The Covid-19 lesson applies to teachers, students, and education policymakers.

Students and teachers
Illustration. Students and teachers in Pekalongan wear masks during offline teaching. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – According to the Minister of Education and Culture for the period 2009-2014 Muhammad Nuh, four lessons can be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic to the education sector. This lesson applies to educators, students, and education policymakers.

The first lesson is to thank the teacher who has connected each generation. For example, the founder of NU KH Hasyim Asy'ari, the founder of Muhammadiyah KH Ahmad Dahlan, and R.A. Kartini as a student of Kiai Sholeh Darat Semarang.

“Therefore, we must also thank the teacher of national figures. During the pandemic, teachers continue to struggle to deliver lessons. Hence, we can make a new generation in the future,” he said during the webinar on Honorary Teachers and the Role of the Children of Nation, February 2021.

The second lesson is learning. According to Muhammad Nuh, the essence of education is to study, including studying life lessons. Times keep changing. Without learning, science and technology can expire. "The task of teachers is to produce true learners. Therefore, teachers must become true learners first," he explained.

What to learn? Nuh said people need to learn about knowing something, doing something, being something, living together, and how to learn continuously.

The third lesson is digital migration. People must prepare digital literacy and infrastructure. Hence, they can use it, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Digital migration can strengthen access and quality of education. During the pandemic, everything changes, and education must be the engine of change.

“Education is like a runway. The runway must be wider and longer than the plane. It means that one day, no matter how big the plane (condition) that lands, the runway (education) can always accommodate the plane," he said.

The fourth lesson is to become an expert. It means being an expert in managing life and enabling the impossible. "It seems impossible to deal with Covid-19. However, with science that is controlled by experts, it becomes possible to handle it," he concluded.[]