Radicalism Enters Educational Institutions

Suara Pembaruan, page 2

The plan of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) together with the Ministry of Research and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti) to exterminate and prevent extremism in educational institutions has received a positive response in various circles. To shape the young generation and maintain the nation’s unity, the values of Pancasila must be implanted right from elementary school through to university.

Recruitment of both teachers and lecturers needs to be more selective. Educational personnel who are proven to be planting anti-Pancasila views and spreading hatred based on religious belief, ethnicity or race should receive the ultimate sanction of being dismissed.

The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Menristekdiki), Mohammad Nasir, said that his department was cooperating with campuses to add additional subjects in regard to the national vision and to safeguard our autonomy by keeping extremism out of our educational world. He said that the current situation has come about due to a shift in understanding Pancasila and UUD 1945, and thus extremism has occurred in several areas, including in the educational sector.

To prevent the development of extremism, Nasir together with the university rectors has continued to declare four national pillars to strengthen NKRI and enforce UUD 1945 as the life force to guide the nation. Besides adding the new subjects, Kemenristekdikiti is implementing declarations in each region, e.g. ‘Declaration from Semarang to Indonesia’ to be implemented by the rectors together with the students. This has already been implemented in Semarang, NTT, Bali, Aceh, as well as other cities.

Since 2016, besides the form of other subjects, the subject of national vision and Pancasila has been developed through the General Education program under Ditjen of Learning and Student Affairs (Belmawa) of Kemristekdikti. General Education is an extracurricular program that focuses on fostering character and developing Pancasila education and national vision.

Nasir stressed that his department would not remain silent should there be learning activity on campus that is contrary to the values of Pancasila and UUD 1945. The campus leaders, starting from rectors, deans, down to lecturers will be severely sanctioned should such activity be allowed to continue. In addition, he affirmed that movements or organizations having an ideology not in accordance with Pancasila and UUD 1945 were prohibited on campus. This is because such movements are capable of not only reducing the love of nation but also promoting intolerance that can threaten the life of the people and the nation.




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