Quality Assurance Agency for Islamic Boarding Schools should take measured approach across all aspects

Republika, page 12

The Vice Head of Commission VIII DPR, Sodik Mudjahid, believed the Quality Assurance Agency for Islamic Boarding Schools was necessary, especially to upgrade the educational field. This was due to its approach to quality and standardization including in Islamic boarding schools, that the quality assurance agency was required.

However, he stressed that the quality assurance agency should oversee the upgrade in quality across all elements and components of the educational aspects, such as the product, the output, the process, the curriculum, the human resources, and the management. This meant that the agency should not just focus on the reactive element, for instance selecting holy books due only to concerns about radicalism.

Sodik believed that while it was necessary to be concerned about radicalism, this should not be specifically resolved by the Quality Assurance Agency of Islamic Boarding Schools. In his opinion, the Quality Assurance Agency for Islamic Boarding Schools should concentrate its efforts on the aspect of upgrading quality.

On an earlier occasion, the Directorate General of Islamic Education of Kemenag, Kamaruddin Amin, said that Kemenag would upgrade the quality of this the oldest Islamic Education Agency in the country.  The formation of this agency was related to the plan for standardization of Islamic boarding schools, as many still did not meet the educational standards in Indonesia.

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