Suara Pembaruan, page 16
In regard to Presidential Decree Number 9 Year 2016 concerning the revitalization of vocational high schools (SMK) to upgrade the quality and competitiveness of Indonesian human resources (SDM), the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) is cooperating with the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MENSR) in the implementation of training for productive SMK teachers. The teachers are sent to study the vocational subjects in France for two months.
The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy, said that this training was intended to give productive SMK teachers an opportunity to upgrade their competences. They will be able to explore knowledge and skill from the schools and industry in France.
Muhadjir believes that the teachers will not only gain experiences for themselves but also gain values suitable to the Indonesia situation. The purpose of the program is to raise the skill levels of the personnel. In addition, through studying in France, the teachers will also gain understanding the culture as well as the positive values of working and the educational field in the developed countries.
Muhadjir explained that this program is a result of bilateral cooperation and Kemdikbud is targeting the sending of 100 people consisting of teachers and widyaiswara of the Center of Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (P4TK).
In the future, SMK is going to be designed with a 60/40 theory/practical split. SMK should be concerned with the country fiscal capability, although SMK is going to be upgraded. Therefore, to optimize the human resources by providing teachers and SMK education, the government is also introducing multiple education programs. In this regard, teachers of non-vocational subjects such as natural science (IPA), social science (IPS), etc. will be provided with the chance to study the subject of vocational education based on their interests and talents.