Regions Requested to be Proactive in Handling Dropout Students

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The government focuses on competence and skill enhancement of the young generation. This is to welcome the next demographic bonus said Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Sunday (26/3).

Muhadjir said that the high rate of dropouts is, however, a major problem that could potentially deny attainment of the demographic bonus. Therefore, support is essential from every education stakeholder achieve the innovation. Kemendikbud is well aware of the importance of expanding access to education, which is known as an integral part of improving the quality of human resources (HR) through the revitalization of vocational education.

Muhadjir also requested regions to proactively improve the Human Development Index (HDI) of Indonesia. The current UNDP report reveals a decline in Indonesia’s HDI ranking from 110 to 113 of 188 countries. This is the obligation of all parties, not just Kemendikbud, to support equitable education and achieve the highest quality.

Muhadjir appreciates and supports Central Sulawesi’s provincial government’s effort with the Back to School Movement. This is to increase the enrolment rate which is still low. The Education Minister also requested that those children lucky enough to be chosen to participate in Back to School Movement should complete their studies.

On the same occasion, the Governor of Central Sulawesi, Lungki Djonggala, was very pleased about the support of the Education Minister. He said that he realized there is a need for accelerated improvement in terms of the quality of human resources in the regions. This is because the HDI rate is still under the national average of 66.67%. There were 1,000 children who had dropped out of school that passed to join this movement, mostly to continue to SMK.

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