Children’s Interest in Science Should be Enhanced

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Ministry of National Education (Kemendikbud) will redesign the learning system at school in order to enhance students’ interest in science. Kemendikbud is currently designing a better pattern of learning for SD and SMP by emphasizing the substance of learning on literacy and numeracy.

Mendikbud Muhadjir Effendy explained that Kemendikbud will not add more subjects but more activities for the students such as the making of projects, models or simulations in science. Kemendikbud will also build a character for students to enjoy science by nurturing their curiosity through their surrounding phenomena.

He added that teachers with proper qualities are needed to bring this program to success. These teachers will guide the students to observe, question, look for answers, collect data and formulate a conclusion based on the processed data.

Meanwhile, Senior Advisor for Knowledge Management and Communications Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) Indonesia, Totok Amin Soefijanto, said that events such as the Pertamina Science Olympiad (POS) and Pertamina Science Fun Fair are really good to enhance students’ interest in science. Furthermore, a competition is necessary to encourage students’ eagerness towards science and through collaboration students will have a better science product.

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