68% of Teachers in Papua Do not Understand Electronic Mail

Suara Pembaruan, page 17

Consultant of Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) Indonesia Totok Soefijanto Amin said, in 2015 ACDP conducted a study on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) with respondents of teachers in Papua. The results showed that only 30% are provided with electricity in Papua, so the use of ICT in schools is not comprehensive. The device is made available, but trainings or adequate learning content are not prepared.

Totok said, the survey was conducted on 112 school principals and 1,500 teachers, which found almost more than 50% of school principals do not use the internet. In fact, for the teachers, 68% do not understand and do not use electronic mail (e-mail).   When actually, ICT is integrated in almost all modern life. ICT changes how people work, socialize, communicate, including affecting learning in the classroom.

According to Totok, such a situation is very alarming. Because, in the era of technology, without the use of e-mail, it would be very difficult for teachers to communicate with colleagues from other regions.

A similar opinion was also expressed by ICT expert Onno W Purbo.  He said, the government must continue to make ICT as a lesson/subject. Both ICT in every lesson, as well as ICT as a subject. Since it is impossible to change all subjects to use ICT. Teachers who are not yet ready with ICT are one of the obstacles to the advancement of education. Onno also questioned whether the Education Personnel Educating Institutes/ Teachers’ colleges (LPTK) teach ICT for respective subjects. Because, if what is taught is the product result, teachers would of course be ready to apply the technology, not as is the case today.

Meanwhile, Head of Education Assessment Center of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Prof. Nizam said the journey of ICT in education is quite long, starting from the disparity of access. The essence of 21st century skills is processing information into knowledge/science, and making it a competence for problem solving. He explained that the things that need to be built/ developed are not merely how to use technological tools or simply taught. But how to use technological tools for learning, values such as attitude to build the child’s empathy.

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