Reading Interest of Indonesian Students Still Low

Koran Sindo, page 2

Data from Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) states, Indonesia is one of 12 countries with  significantly low scores below international standard referring to Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). In addition, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that Indonesian students are lagging three years behind the average reading abilities of students in countries joined in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

More than 50% of Indonesian students aged 15 years have not mastered the basic reading or mathematics skills.  Indonesia is even in 60th place from 61 countries based on its literacy level, as mentioned by Connecticut State University USA in 2016.

Director of Junior High School (SMP) Development of Directorate General of Primary and Secondary Education Kemendikbud Supriano said, one of the causes of the low reading interest and skills of Indonesian students is the limited number of libraries. Based on Education Basic Data it is noted that out of 213,811 existing schools in Indonesia, 74,552 schools do not have libraries.

Supriano said, although libraries have not been built, Kemendikbud has appointed 514 referral schools facilitated by computer labs as learning centers.  Some schools would have digital libraries that would develop surrounding schools. These digital libraries are expected to raise reading interest and culture. Another intangible policy, explained Supriano, is the 15 minute reading before class movement.


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