Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said his party had tested the implementation of character education strengthening (PPK) or the so-called full day school on 1,500 primary and junior high schools in various regions.
He explained that schools that implement this PPK require teachers to be in school a minimum of eight hours each day and the school principal no longer needs to teach so as to focus on managing the school to achieve the objectives of the school. Consequently, the schools are closed on Saturday so the children could get together with their families for two days in a row.
According to the minister, at the primary level, 70 percent of subjects are related to the strengthening of character and 30 percent for knowledge lessons drawn in the classroom, while at the junior high school level, 60 percent is character strengthening and 40 percent for knowledge. In terms of material for character building, the minister said, Kemendikbud has drawn up general guidelines but in the technical implementation schools are given the freedom to regulate because the school is designed to independently formulate the character strengthening program according to the potentials of the environment with emphasis on local wisdom, excellence and intelligence.