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Chairman of MPR, Zulkifli Hasan, on the commemoration of National Teacher’s Day, said that teachers play a fundamental role in producing quality human resources (SDM). Advance nation must honor teachers.
Zulkifli revealed that we are challenged by open competition in this era of globalization and thus the role of teachers becomes more vital. The proficiency in science and technology is the key to the progress of a nation. He praised the work and sacrifice of teachers too for they also determine the future of the nation. He added that the quality of teachers is already good and some of them have achievements of which to be proud. However, teachers should not get easily satisfied and must continue to improve their skills.
On the same occasion, President Joko Widodo said that as the form of honoring teachers, the government issued President Decision Number 78 of 1994 whereby it stipulates the 25th of November as National Teacher’s Day. which is also the Anniversary of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association (PGRI).
Minister of National Education (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy, added that teaching was officially stated as a professional occupation since the issuance of Law Number 14 of 2015 on Teachers and Lecturers. In order to improve teachers’ welfare, the government will provide profession and special allowances for teachers who hold a certificate as educators.
Meanwhile, Chairman of PGRI, Unifah Rasyidi, said that PGRI encourages the transformation of education commencing from the classroom. Teachers must spread good deeds and force themselves to change.