Private schools play roles in educating the nation

Suara Pembaruan, page 16

Private education has existed since the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia was founded. But, until now, a gap remains between private and state school. Chairman of Private Education Institution Assembly (BMPS), Suparwanto, said that private education plays important roles in educating the nation. But, recently, the quality and quantity of private school goes down due to the absence of the Government’s touch.

He said that in accordance with Law Number 20 of 2003 on National Education System, the Government accommodates private schools. But, this regulation has not been sufficiently disseminated and implemented. In fact, referring to the fourth part of the law, the Government confirms the promises for liberty, constitutional mandates, Nawacita, and the latest conditions. Therefore, synergy between education development and cultural development has been a very reasonable choice.

Suparwanto said that this condition has forced many private schools to shut down due to many reasons including lack of students for failure to compete with free-of-charge schools. The situation has been aggravated by the quality of private schools which is lower than that of state schools. Suparwanto said that considering the important role of private schools, the failure to development private schools can result in fatal impacts to human resource development because education plays important roles in developing and educating a nation.

Meanwhile, education observer Indra Charismiadji said that the Government should allocate fund to private school by development charter school in the sense that the Government allocate a budget and the private sector runs the system. Charter Concept can be a good solution for Indonesia which has wide territory and a lot of remote areas and relatively huge education budget.

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