Boarding Schools the Answer for Certain Areas

Koran Sindo, page 16

Ministry of National Education will build 140 boarding schools in certain areas. Boarding schools offer a solution for students whose home are in a great distance from school, as was revealed by Mendikbud, Muhadjir Effendy. He said that the students do not need to go back and forth to home but they can sleep over at school with adequate facilities to support their study. According to the plan, those schools will be built in Papua and NTT and subsequently in other regions in the future.

Muhadjir explained that boarding schools in the outer areas will be able to implement the Full Day School (FDS) system more effectively. FDS for boarding schools in these areas must bring the theme of NKRI in order to nurture nationalism.

Meanwhile, Senior Advisor for Knowledge Management and Communications Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) Indonesia, Totok Amin Soefijanto, pointed out that the establishment of boarding schools is a very good policy. He revealed that to date, the government has not really paid attention to the access of education in 3T up to outer areas.

Totok added that the government must not only focus on the number of the schools but also maintain the quality of learning system at these boarding schools because this type of school is ideal for families that are not ready to educate children at home. Through boarding schools, education focusing on honesty, hard work and discipline can be provided.

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