Government to Prepare Productive Teachers

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Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education seeks to create productive teachers so as to generate competent vocational education graduates needed in the job market/working world. That is because so far vocational schools are considered unable to generate skilled and professional manpower.

Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristek Dikti), M Nasir at Bina Graha Building, Ministry of State Secretariat, Jakarta, said on Monday (24/10) that through the development of education between academics and industry such as at the Indonesian State Maritime Polytechnic is expected to improve the quality of vocational education graduates. Nasir continued that more workers whose skills are in accordance with the needs of the industrial world could be created. With a 50:50 mechanism between academics and industry or with companies has proved to be much more beneficial for the polytechnic graduates.

Later on the polytechnic graduates will continue on to teaching profession education to become productive teachers in vocational schools. Meanwhile, related to the equal distribution of productive teachers, his party will coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Culture, so that productive teachers at vocational schools could be absorbed.

As it is understood that the current unemployment rate is dominated by graduates of vocational high schools or SMKs. Deputy Chairman of the Industry Division of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), Johnny Darmawan has also suggested that the vocational education system be improved so that manpower from SMK graduates could be absorbed based on the needs of industries.

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