Full day School Will Be Tested Soon

Koran Sindo, page 1

The Government’s plan to implement full day school (FDS) continues. At the moment, this will only be applied to certain schools in some provinces. President Jokowi, on the 90th anniversary of Pondok Modern Darussalam Gontor (PMDG), emphasized the importance of learning etiquette and politeness through both curricular and extracurricular activities.

Jokowi and his entourage, including the Chairman of MPR Zulkifli Hasan, Deputy of MPR Hidayat Nur Wahid, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Coordinating Minister for Development of Human and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Governor of East Java, Soekarwo, marked the first milestone of the new tower of Jami PMDG Mosque.

Jokowi criticized the fading of our morality as reflected through comments made by social media users. Jokowi acknowledged so many comments that blaspheme each other, degrade others, and mock and insult among friends.

Special Staff from Mendikbud for Character Building, Arie Budhiman, explained that FDS becomes one of concept items to strengthen character and is currently in the process of policy review. The FDS trial will be held gradually considering the variance in every school based on aspects of regional representation, school and regional initiative, schools applying curriculum 2013, accreditation plus state and private schools. In addition, the readiness of teachers, school facilities plus training modules for headmasters and teachers will continue to be discussed.

However, certain parties asked the government to fully consider all aspects of this plan before implementing FDS and not to force it. Member of Commission X DPR, Abdul Fikri said that detailed mapping and concept are necessary, plus human resources to implement the plan. Meanwhile, the founder of Lembaga Pendidikan dan Pengembangan Profesi Indonesia (LP3I) Syahrial Yusuf, considered FDS as being forced and most likely counter-productive.

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