Committing Crime to Attend Online Class: Elucidating News Media’s Polemic on Covid-19 Distance Learning Policies

  • Alexsander Yandra Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  • Khuryatul Husna Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  • Wan Masyitah Universitas Negeri Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  • Ira Oktaviani Politeknik Kesehatan Kementerian Kesehatan Riau, Pekanbaru, Riau
  • Tatum Derin Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Keywords: Distance Education Policies, Distance Learning, News & Media, Covid-19, Polemic


Educational research papers that explored Covid-19 have naturally focused on the problems of distance learning implementation but also underscores its severe impacts. This study aims to demonstrate the polemic against Covid-19 distance learning policies within news media outlet. The method of this qualitative study is a literature review on 5 newspaper media and 10 online media to obtain data of news items on Covid-19 distance learning that were published from April to December 2020 (9 months). This study tracked 82 news items from newspaper media and 191 news items from online media and determined three trends across all of the news items: obstacles, impact and policies of distance learning. Results showed that the implementation of distance learning is still far from expectations due to the lack of communication between the government and the school, the lack of human resources and supporting facilities, and the non-existent supervision towards schools that ignore the policies. This paper contributed in delivering the obstacles that arise from and because of distance education policies that news media report to the public. 


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Author Biographies

Alexsander Yandra, Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Alexsander Yandra is the Dean, Senior Lecturer, and an active researcher at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Universitas Lancang Kuning, who is very interested in public policy issues, local politics and elections. Email: [email protected]

Khuryatul Husna, Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Khuriyatul Husna is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Public Policy and Management Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada. She is a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administration Science, Universitas Lancang Kuning pekanbaru. She has a high interest in researching topics related to public policy, governance and policy network. Email: [email protected]

Wan Masyitah, Universitas Negeri Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Wan Masyitah graduated with the degree S.ap from the Department of Public Administration at Universitas Lancang Kuning Pekanbaru, and is now finishing her doctoral studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics in Universitas Riau. Email: [email protected]

Ira Oktaviani, Politeknik Kesehatan Kementerian Kesehatan Riau, Pekanbaru, Riau

Ira Oktaviani Rz is a Lecturer and an active researcher at the Department of Nursing, Poltekkes, Ministry of Health, Riau. She focused on knowledge in the field of Pharmacy, completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Pharmacy at Andalas University, Padang, West Sumatra. She has won several research grants and community service under the Ministry of Health and is also active in the Pekanbaru Branch of the Indonesian Pharmacists Association. She is very interested in pharmaceutical technology and general pharmacy and pharmacists. Email: [email protected]

Tatum Derin, Universitas Lancang Kuning, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Tatum Derin, S.Pd. is a Research Assistant of the Research Institute and Community Service of Universitas Lancang Kuning. She graduated in 2021 from the Department of English Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Lancang Kuning, Indonesia. Tatum Derin is interested in technology-enhanced language learning (TELL), internet linguistics, cyberculture and online communication, and is building her expertise through her current roles as the Journal Manager of Elsya : Journal of English Language Studies and IELTS and IGCSE instructor at Sun Education. Email: [email protected]



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Yandra, A., Husna, K., Masyitah, W., Oktaviani, I., & Derin, T. (2022). Committing Crime to Attend Online Class: Elucidating News Media’s Polemic on Covid-19 Distance Learning Policies . Utamax : Journal of Ultimate Research and Trends in Education, 4(1), 74-83.
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