Education SPM is Not Merely Fulfillment of Facilities and Infrastructure

The enactment of Law Number 23 Year 2014 on Regional Administrations in lieu of Law Number 32 Year 2004 is the momentum of a review on the formulation of Minimum Service Standards (SPM) which becomes the benchmark of regional administration performance so far. Currently, the Government Regulation Plan (RPP) on SPM as a derivative of Law No. 23 of 2014 is in the process of ratification.

Gresik Vice Regent Dr H Moh Qosim said the process of developing the new SPM RPP, led by the Ministry of Home Affairs, noted a number of important dynamics, among others, the process of overcoming a number of challenges in equating understanding of SPM, as well as on the measure of the fulfillment of SPM in accordance with the diverse regional conditions. This was stated by Qosim when he was the guest speaker of the event called “Minimum Service Standards for Education: Not Just Fulfillment of Facilities and Infrastructure”, in the Library of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/5).

Each learner is entitled to obtain good education services in accordance with predetermined service standard indicators. Minimum Service Standards for Basic Education (SPM Dikdas) is a benchmark for the performance of basic education services through formal education channels held by regency/ city administrations.  The purpose of SPM Dikdas is to ensure that in every SD/ MI and SMP/ MTs there are available minimum conditions for the sustainability of quality teaching and learning processes. Minister of Education and Culture Regulation No. 23 of 2013 on SPM Dikdas in regencies/ cities regulates the principles and indicators of the Minimum Service Standards for Basic Education (SPM Dikdas) that must be met in various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the Head of Sub-Directorate of Java-Bali Regional Planning, Directorate General of Regional Development of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Drs. Bob Sogalo, explained that there are 27 indicators of SPM Dikdas in Primary Schools (SD)/ MI and SMP/ MTs consisting of 14 indicators of the regency/city (regional administration) level and 13 indicators of the education unit level (school). These indicators include appropriate educational infrastructure, qualified and competent educators, a good curriculum, and good education quality assurance.

He added that the proposed permendikbud is expected not only to be an umbrella for the unification of a number of indicators and standards that exist in the field of education, but more importantly, could be a step forward to improving education services in Indonesia in an integrated manner. To encourage the realization of these minimum service standards, the Capacity Building Program for the Implementation of Minimum Service Standards for Basic Education (PKP-SPM Dikdas) is also conducted as an EU-funded technical assistance and managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).


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