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Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said, in the ceremony of National Education Day (Hardiknas) 2017 in Kemendikbud, Senayan, Jakarta (2/5), education should be equitable and of quality. To that end, the government will make the results of the national standard school exam (USBN) as the basis for improving and enhancing the quality of education.
Mendikbud also invites all parties including the public to jointly improve the quality of education in Indonesia. In addition, the role of government officials and teachers as the spearhead of acceleration of equality of quality education is also very important.
Officials at the local level also confirmed the importance of improving the quality of education. West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan revealed that one of the steps of West Java provincial administration for equitable and improved quality of education is to build open schools for two groups of society, which are past school age and people living in remote areas. The curriculum standards are also in line with national education.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Education Monitoring Network (JPPI) recorded seven educational issues that the government should resolve. The seven issues are the 12-year compulsory education program, the rising drop-out rate from junior high school to high school, the improvement of religious education in schools, the weak state recognition of pesantren and madrasah education, the distribution of Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP), violence and illegal levies in schools, as well as discrepancies between the education world and the world of work.