Revitalization for SMK to become Excellent Schools

Koran Sindo, page 12, Saturday, 27 May

Kemendikbud will revitalize 219 Vocational High Schools (SMK) this year to raise their motivation to become excellent SMK. Of the 219 SMK, 125 SMK are in the priority fields: maritime and marine, tourism, agriculture, and creative industry. Meanwhile, the other 94 SMK are in the field of supporting expertise that will become development priority.

This was stated by Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy following the release of SMK revitalization program by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Menko PMK) Puan Maharani in Manahan Stadium, Solo, Central Java, yesterday. Gradually, the revitalization program will reach all SMK that are not in the excellence category. Of 13,000 SMK, currently there are 6,000 SMK below this performance standard, which will therefore be upgraded.

On such occasion, Menko PMK Puan Maharani emphasized that the government was making efforts to support increased quality of Human Resource (SDM), one of which is through the SMK revitalization program. The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) is also motivated to establish polytechnics. In addition, the schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs are synchronized with general subjects, not just religious education.

The government targets that in ten years’ time the quality of Indonesian workers will match that from other countries. If the country waits solely for graduates from universities, it will find that the qualities of Indonesian workers will not able to achieve this target. Therefore, the quality can be achieved gradually, and optimistically will match that of other countries ten years down the line.

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