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Currently, early childhood education (PAUD) is still highly reliant on the roles of family and community. In fact, a greater involvement of the government is needed to ensure better quality early childhood education. Quality PAUD is important to prepare children to enter primary school. So the government needs to have a major role in preparing professional PAUD education personnel.
The First Lady who is also Mother of National PAUD Iriana Joko Widodo in the PAUD National Award 2016 event, in Jakarta, said Thursday (29/9), quality PAUD is a must. She then requested the Ministry of Education and Culture to pay attention to PAUD teachers. According to Iriana, currently there are many PAUD teachers with inadequate education.
Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said there are over 190,000 formal and nonformal PAUD institutions mostly established by the people/community. State owned kindergartens currently total 3,180 institutions, while private kindergartens total over 25,000 institutions. One of the government support to PAUD is the pursuit of preparing quality education. In response to the request of the First Lady, Muhadjir said PAUD teachers would be given long-term courses.
Separately, Chairperson of the Central Board of Educators and Education Personnel of Early Childhood Indonesia Netty Herawati said improving the quality of PAUD educators should immediately be conducted. Out of around 400,000 PAUD teachers, only 26 percent are of sarjana/undergraduate education.nThey are also not necessarily of PAUD background. Around 70 percent others are of junior high school (SMP), high school (SMA), and diploma education.nThey also lack training because teachers in PAUD who rely on public participation generally work based on volunteerism. She deems, through tiered coursework and in cooperation with higher education, the result of teacher learning could be acknowledged as credit. This is one of the solutions.