School Environment Still Not Child-Friendly

Republika, page 5

Indonesia Education Monitoring Network (JPPI) with Results International said that there are three main problems with education in Indonesia, the quality of teachers, lack of child-friendly schools, and discrimination against marginal groups.

JPPI National Coordinator, Ubaid Matraji, in International Seminar and Right to Education Index (RTEI) Report 2006 in Jakarta on Thursday (23/3), said that physical and non-physical harassment still occurs in schools. He said that at least six major types of harassment continue to reoccur in the school environment, such as violence of teachers towards students, students towards teachers, between students, and foster parents towards teachers, as well as sexual harassment, and brawls between schools.

In regard to these three main problems with education in Indonesia, Ubaid explained that low quality of teachers is due to a lack of availability of competent teachers, particularly in the frontier, outermost, and underdeveloped (3T) areas.

Ubaid said that JPPI and Results International recommended several points to improve the quality of Indonesia education. First, improving teacher quality requires a clear commitment from the government in order to develop their capacity. Second, the government has to punish those inflicting harassment in the school environment. This is to build friendly atmosphere at school in which the child feels safe. Third, an affirmation policy for marginal groups is vital so that they too can gain access to education.




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