Education Quality Uneven among Universities

Kompas, page 13

The quality of mathematics education and natural sciences among universities in Indonesia is still uneven/differ. This is reflected, among others, from the national science Olympiad achievements that are dominated by certain universities in Java Island. Breakthroughs are needed to even out the quality of education. That is the red thread/common aspects of the National Olympiad of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (ON MIPA-PT) 2017 held in Semarang City, Central Java on 14-17 May.

Secretary of the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs of Kemristek Dikti, Rina Indiastuti said that the uneven quality of MIPA education is reflected in the achievement of national Olympic champions which are often dominated by prominent universities such as Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and University of Indonesia (UI).  He said that the achievement dominance does not mean that other universities are not good, but there needs to be continuous evaluations, starting from lecturers or assistant lecturers up to learning materials.

According to Professor of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA), Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, who joined in the ON MIPA-PT 2017 team of judges, Irmina Kris Murwani, said that the  dominance of flagship Universities/PTs also reflect the gap of education quality among universities in Indonesia. The gap has a direct impact on student achievements. During the regional level selection, for example, the Olympiad committee found test results with a score of 0. It is a major concern. She reminded that student abilities should be improved so that the gap between universities is not too far apart.

Head of Sub-directorate of Student Affairs, Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs of Kemristek Dikti, Widyo Winarso said that the achievement of the Indonesian MIPA in the international level is also very low. Based on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2014-2016 survey, the quality of MIPA education in Indonesia is ranked 45th out of 50 countries.

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