Suara Pembaruan, page 16
President of Singapore Management University (SMU), Arnoud De Meyer, revealed that the root of the problems in the education sector in ASEAN countries has been identified. According to results of a year-long study on workforce skills in ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand conducted by SMU in cooperation with finance services company J.P Morgan, it was revealed that the curriculum development in the education system has not kept pace with global needs.
Arnoud said that the problems currently existing are worsened by the curriculum in the education system not being able to compete in a world that continues to develop. He added that this lack of readiness is proven through the lack of qualified educators and insufficient funding.
Based on the research, Indonesia is superior in industries requiring low skillsets and thus needs to add significantly to its expert labor to raise its economic status to that of a middle-income country. Arnoud added that currently only 16% of undergraduates study in the technical, construction and manufacturing sectors, which are essential skills for Indonesia as its economy becomes more industrialized. This fact shows that Indonesia’s roadmap of national education needs a radical and fundamental reformation if it is to overcome the scarcity of labor skills demanded in the modern world.