Remote learning hampered by lack of student-teacher interaction, KPAI survey finds

first_imgStudents throughout the country have complained about a lack of engagement from their teachers after classes were forced migrate online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has found.According to the survey – conducted between April 13 and 21 and involving 1,700 students and 602 teachers in 54 cities and regencies – 79 percent of student respondents reported little to no interaction with their teachers in virtual classrooms, saying their instructors used digital communication platforms only to assign homework.About 77 percent of the students polled said their teachers had assigned them more homework than usual with unreasonably tight deadlines, resulting in learning fatigue. About 76 percent of the student respondents said they were not enthusiastic about online learning.“In remote learning, teachers have only focused on providing cognitive education and have overlooked affective aspects related to character-building,” KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said in a statement on Saturday.She said that many teachers failed to accommodate students who were unable to afford the electronics or reliable internet connections that were essential for remote learning.“About 42 percent of students said they [could not afford] internet packages, making it difficult for them to make video calls,” Retno said, adding that the current learning methods effectively discriminated against students from low-income households.The KPAI called on the Education Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry to formulate an “emergency curriculum” in an effort to improve education during the ongoing public health crisis.The organization said that the emergency curriculum should consist only of core lessons and should do away with complex subjects that required direct assistance from teachers.“An emergency curriculum is needed […] so that students won’t fall victim to ambitious education policies that neglect their rights,” Retno said.Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane yields to draw investors

first_imgBrisbane is expected to continue to see good rental yields for investors. Picture: numbers seem to have fallen off a cliff in southern capitals but Brisbane was expected to buck the trend, according to latest expert analysis.Rental yields in Brisbane – calculated as rent divided by price – have continued to outperform Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to both houses (4 per cent) and units (4.9 per cent), adding to its allure for investors, according to Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of the REA Group.“One factor keeping yields high in Brisbane has been that prices haven’t risen quite as much as Sydney and Melbourne,” she said. “In 2018 we expect investors to continue to look at Brisbane favourably primarily because there seems to be rising rental demand and pricing is far more reasonable.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoShe said it was likely that rental yields would rise this year.“There are a few things driving this. The first is that prices are expected to remain relatively stable. A big factor driving yields downwards is rising prices and we don’t expect prices to rise as strongly in 2018.“The second is we expect far fewer rentals to enter the market this year – this is because we have now come to the end of a strong run in investor demand. We expect fewer investors in the market this year because of difficulties in accessing finance, changes to many of the incentives to invest, as well as changing sentiment towards housing.”Ms Conisbee warned that since Brisbane has had such a strong apartment development boom, “I can’t see strong rental growth for apartments”.“Houses however are another matter – they will definitely outperform apartments in 2018.”Her picks for good rental yield in Brisbane this year? “We can see on our site that the most in demand suburbs from renters for houses are Fortitude Valley, Windsor and New Farm. If I was looking to buy a rental property in Brisbane I would be looking at houses in those suburbs.”last_img read more

Vokes close to Burnley return

first_img Vokes has played two full development squad games in recent weeks and, with another pencilled in on Monday against Blackpool, his return appears imminent. “Vokesy is on his way back,” said Dyche, whose men face Tottenham this weekend. “He got another 90 minutes in the other day so he’s right at the end of his transition back into the main first-team squad. We’re really pleased with that and he’s pleased with that. “In the grand scheme of things he’s not had four full games. If you’d finished one season and gone into the next you roughly have a three-month window and during that transition back into playing again you probably have a 45, 75 and minimum of three 90 minutes. That’s with normal shut-down. “He’s had eight and a half months out and we’ve got to be mindful of that when you’re talking about true fitness and true ability to play in the first team. “He’s going well, he’s feeling good and we’re really happy with that at this stage. He’s getting closer.” After a lengthy nine-month absence, Dyche completely understands that Vokes is itching to be involved in first-team affairs again as soon as possible. “It’s a long haul,” said the ex-Watford manager. “I had a few long-term injuries and it’s difficult. You want to be involved all of the time and you know you can’t be. “There’s a lot of individual work, a lot of loneliness . Luckily here, because of the environment we’ve got, you’re almost stumbling across people. “He’s never felt like he’s not involved in it because there’s always some of the players around, the staff around. “But true involvement is playing and I’m pleased for him that he’s back – at least playing – and now it’s moving on to the first team.” However, there is certainly no guarantee Vokes picks up where he left off alongside England Under-21 international Ings in Burnley’s attack. Ashley Barnes’ goal against Southampton last time out moved the east Lancashire club out of the bottom three and was also the second time this season he has grabbed an important winner. Dyche, though, welcomes having such selection headaches. “That’s a dilemma any manager wants,” he conceded. “A lot was made about the financial side but we wanted a group that was demanding of each other with real true competition. I feel we’ve definitely got that. “Where it can take us, we’ll see. But we like the demand that’s in the group and Vokesy will only add to that.” The 25-year-old Wales international was pivotal in last season’s promotion, scoring 21 goals, but has been sidelined since March after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Leicester. Clarets manager Dyche has so far been unable to pair Vokes with Danny Ings, a partnership which yielded 47 goals for him last year, but that day could come around the festive period. Burnley striker Sam Vokes is inching ever closer to a first-team Christmas comeback, boss Sean Dyche has said. Press Associationlast_img read more

BH Paralympic Ilma Kazazic is fourth at the Europe Cup!

first_imgBH Paralympic representative in Alpine skiing Ilma Kazazic was competing in the Dutch Landgraaf this weekend within IPCAS competitions and the European Cup.This great skier with her performance in Landgraaf enabled the flag of BiH to wave at the big sports event as the European Cup for the first time in the history of Paralympic skiing.Popular BH snowflake took an excellent fourth place in this prestigious competition.“I drove for my professor. This, very important race for me and my country, I dedicate to my recently deceased coach and father of alpine skiing for persons with disabilities in BiH, Professor Hadzi Senad Turkovic”.Kazazic started the season 2016/17 with a very successful performance at IPCAS races on the 15th and 16th of November, where in the overall standings in a very strong competition of 24 competitors she won 9th place, and 8th place in the second race.With this performance, our national team member managed to lower the points on the border of achieving norm for the World Cup, which will be held in January in the Italian Traves.No matter that this young competitor had to travel alone to training and competitions due to a reduction of financial expenses, she thanked to representations of Croatia and Serbia for their support for her training in Austria and the performance on the competition in the Netherlands.New performance of this great skier is expected in Pitztal in Austria, from the 9th to 15th of December, and she promised a good result again.(Source: read more