Jokowi Promises to Resolve Temporary Teachers’s Issues

Suara Pembaruan, page 16

Indonesian President  (RI), Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the fate/issues of the temporary teachers remains a government priority. However, it cannot be resolved all at once but gradually. In this case, Jokowi said  that the appointment should be in accordance with existing requirements and will be implemented gradually. This was announced during the peak commemoration of the National Teacher’s Day (HGN) and the 71st Anniversary of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) at the Sentul International Convention Centre (SICC), Bogor, West Java, on Sunday (27/11).

The same opinion was also expressed by Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud). He said that the appointment of honorarium teachers will be dealt with in stages in line with the government’s ability and adapted to the requirements that have been set. He explained that the main issue is not the shortage of teachers, but the redistribution of teachers. Because based on the data, the ratio of teachers and students at this time is ideal, 1:17 or 1:16. Then it is clear that the problem is on equal distribution of teachers.

On that occasion Mendikbud also said that the National Exams/UN moratorium and it’s being decentralized would not change the education standards. Because the provinces and regencies / cities as organizers must adhere to national education standards that will be determined by the central administration. Muhadjir said that  Kemendikbud and the National Standards Body (BSN) will determine the national education standards. In this case, although the provinces are the organizers for the high school and vocational school levels  and the regencies and cities for the junior high and primary school levels, they would  remain under the supervision of the central administration.

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