Suara Pembaruan, page 16
The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy said that the provision of high-quality vocational high school graduates cannot be separated from the provision of high-quality teachers. This can be reviewed in some aspects such as mastery of teaching material, teaching skill, entrepreneurship, and skill in the related vocational field.
He also stated that Kemendikbud through Directorate General of Teacher and Educational Personnel (GTK) will conduct expertise competence test (UKK) for productive teachers in SMK. This is aimed at reaching a suitable level between SMK teachers’ competencies and The Indonesian Work Competence Standards (SKKNI).
Muhadjir revealed that one of problems SMKs currently face is low standard of educational personnel. To resolve this, Kemendikbud involves the industrial field that has experienced experts. Muhadjir hopes that the experienced experts will be interested in teaching by taking teaching certification at the Center for Teacher and Educational Personnel Development and Empowerment (P4TK).
Directorate General (Dirjen) GTK, Sumarna Surapranata, added that the industrial practitioners who obtain certification of their expertise from P4TK can resolve the low standard of SMK teachers. Previously there was a deficciency of 91,861 teachers.