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There are 125 Vocational High Schools (SMK) appointed as referenced Vocational High Schools. These schools will develop the expertise program that has been adjusted to meet the challenges of the 21st century, disclosed the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy.
Muhadjir stated that these 125 SMK have expertise in accordance with the national development priorities: maritime, tourism, agriculture (food security). In addition, there are a further 94 SMK with other expertise that also support the national development priorities.
Muhadjir explained that these pilot SMK chosen for revitalization will be motivated to implement changes that include development and harmonization of the curriculum to entrepreneurial demands of the industrial world, as well as learning innovation that motivates necessary skills in the 21st century. Moreover, this is aimed at fulfilling and upgrading the quality of teachers, standardization of prime facilities and infrastructure, updating the industrial cooperation program, managing and organizing the institution, as well as upgrading access to competence certification.
Muhadjir added that government expectations were that this SMK revitalization would be successful. Thus by 2020, information technology-based education can be provided to 5.5 million students the through 1,650 referenced SMK, 850 regular SMK, 3,300 SMK alliances, as well as 750 SMK consortia. Such 1,650 referenced SMK will have LSP-P1 license and supervise 800 Competence Test Places (TUK) for students and their alliances.