President Joko Widodo deplored the education system in vocational schools or SMK which is not as good as it should be. He said that currently some 70-80% of teachers in SMK are just standard teachers. Jokowi obtained the data from the Minister of National Education, Muhadjir Effendy. Standard teachers are those who teach general science and thus have no distinction from those in senior high schools or SMA.
As the example, standard teachers teaching in SMK are teachers of chemistry, physics, mathematics and Pancasila education. However, since it is a vocational school, SMK should become an educational institution that teaches students more about the application of specific science. If this system can be optimized, then it will produce younger practical personnel who are skilled and competitive.
Jokowi, therefore, demanded that SMKs develop cooperation with industries and also professional association relating to the skills taught in their school. Industries can, thus, send skilled resources to teach in SMK. SMK teachers are expected to be those who are experts in their own fields and not just those who teach general science as in SMA.