Training Addresses Shortage of SMK Teachers

Media Indonesia, page 22

Efforts to revitalize vocational high schools (SMK) currently being undertaken by the government are facing a number of obstacles, including the lack of productive teachers, teachers who practice practical subjects, such as workshops, studios or laboratories.

Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel (GTK) of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud), Sumarna Surapranata said that based on mapping, there is a shortage of productive teachers as many as 91,816. The details, state SMK are short 41,861 people and private SMK are short 50 thousand. To overcome this deficiency, Kemendikbud runs a number of efforts, among others through a multi skills program, which is to train normative and adaptive teachers (pure science subject teachers) in order for them to play the role as productive teachers as well.

In the first wave, Sumarna said, his party has trained 12,471 thousand teachers. This year, the institute held training for 15 thousand teachers. Currently the training is still ongoing in a number of places, including Plantation Private SMK MM 52 of Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY). Throughout the last three months the school has been the implementer of SMK teacher multiple vocational skills training programs from three provinces, East Kalimantan, West Sumatra and South Sulawesi.

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