Free E-Learning Services for Students Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Startups in education such as Ruangguru, Zenius, Quipper, and Titik Pintar provide free learning services as the coronavirus outbreaks. This is also in line with government policies that require teaching and learning to be carried out at home in order to minimize the spread of the corona pandemic.
Ruangguru in cooperation with Telkomsel provides a free internet quota of 30 Gigabytes (GB) for a month. Of course, the quota can only be used to access the Ruangguru platform.
This startup launched the Ruangguru Free Online School program starting today. Through this program, users will receive a variety of subject matter through the live teaching feature from 08:00 to 12:00 WIB and available on 15 channels.
Students who study at home can also work on the questions in the question bank feature and try out for free. “Ruangguru is very concerned about the impact of the 19th covid plague. Many schools were temporarily closed in Jakarta, Depok, Bandung, Banten. We also got reports in Yogyakarta,” Ruangguru founder and CEO Adamas Belva Syah Devara told a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (16) / 3).
Telkomsel Supports Ruangguru by Providing Free Data Access for Its Users
A startup in the field of education, Ruangguru in collaboration with Telkomsel provides a free 30 Gigabyte (GB) internet quota for users to access study material in the application. This is because the government requested that the teaching-learning process be carried out at home in order to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
The free quota is valid for a month. Ruangguru founder and CEO Adamas Belva Syah Devara said the company also launched the Ruangguru Free Online School program starting today.
Telkomsel President Director Setyanto Hantoro said that collaboration with Ruangguru was one of the efforts to support government policies to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. “To ensure the learning process of students can still be carried out effectively during the period of implementing the distance learning system in various regions,” he said in a press release.
Many Other Edtech Also Support the Government by Releasing Similar Programs
In addition to Ruangguru, Zenius provides free services ranging from students from grade 1 to grade 12 in the framework of preparation for the National Examination. “Apart from being accessed for free, the majority of learning videos are presented in the whiteboard format which requires the most economical internet quota,” Zenius Education CEO Rohan Monga said in a press release yesterday (15/3).
Likewise with Quipper. The company does not charge fees for Quipper School services and introduces digital classroom management technology (Learning Management System / LMS).
“Utilization of edtech with LMS can be a solution to maximize teaching and learning activities for teachers and students in anticipation issued by the government regarding the spread of covid-19,” Quipper Indonesia’s Business Development Manager Ruth Ayu Hapsari said in a press release on Saturday (3/14).
Titik Pintar also plans to provide free access for users during the period of the home study policy. This education startup packs an elementary school curriculum in the form of games on mobile phones. Free access can be used by including the ‘Corona’ code during registration.
“With Smart Point, I believe I can help parents teach better and more fun at home,” Smart Point CEO Robbert Deusing said in a press release.
Government to Tackle Coronavirus with Work-From-Home Policy
Previously, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) requested that the teaching and learning process for students be conducted at home. In addition, the state civil apparatus (ASN) is asked to work online at home.
Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, also supports the policy of the regional government which dismisses schools because of the spread of the corona covid-19 virus.
“The impact of the spread of co-19 will differ from region to region. We support the policy (dismissing schools) taken by the regional government, “Nadiem said as quoted by Antara, Sunday (3/15).