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A total of 15,000 vocational and high school teachers were given the opportunity to fill the shortage of productive teachers in vocational high schools (SMK). These pure science teachers were prepared to be productive teachers in the vocational schools with specific skills, such as agriculture, maritime/marine, business, tourism and creative economics. The Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel of Kemendikbud, Sumarna Surapranata said that the functional change/conversion of the vocational high school (SMK) and high school (SMA) adaptive teachers into productive teachers was an urgent step to fill the shortage of productive SMK teachers today. The government has targeted to meet the number of productive SMK teachers of about 91,000 by 2019.
As the initial step, the teachers who have been converted to productive teachers were given a second or additional professional certificate. They will be able to teach productive subjects in accordance with their abilities and interests.
Teachers who are willing are welcome to register online, starting from October 8 to 22. They are to be tested online in order to know their appropriate capabilities and potential expertise. According to Sumarna, adaptive teachers, such as Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and English reached 5,700 teachers. The most came from high school teachers totaling 9,300.
SMK practitioner Priyanto said that the conversion into productive teachers was not too beneficial and only used up/wasted the budget. This is because the productive teachers in addition to being competent must also be experienced in understanding the development of the industries through internships.