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There has been an increase in the number of schools implementing Curriculum 2013 (K-13) for the academic year 2017-2018. The Minister of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) revealed that 74,459 new schools will implement K-13. The biggest challenge faced by government is ensuring that teachers have the skill to teach on the basis of K-13.
In accordance with the decree of Directorate General of Primary and Secondary Education (Ditjen Dikdasmen) of Kemendikbud, schools that just implement K-13 consists of all educational levels: SD (51,654 units), SMP (13,637 units), SMA (4,416 units) and SMK (4,852 units).
The Director General of Dikdasmen of Kemendikbud, Hamid Muhammad, said that all schools that just apply K-13 implementing this gradually in terms of grade. These grades are 1, 4, 7, and 10. The other grades remain using Curriculum 2016.
Hamid revealed that to date there are some 17,000 schools that genuinely implement K-13 across all their grades. Currently, his officials continue to prepare training for teachers. This aims to make K-13 implementation effective at classes. K-13 implementation is expected to run as whole at all grades in 2019.
Meanwhile, the Main Engineer of Center for Policy Research (Puslitjak) of Kemendikbud, Etty Sisdiana, said among the problems related to the training system for teachers on the basis of K-13 were instructors of regencies/cities who did not perform well and lack of materials that were needed by teachers following the training. In addition, teachers in general also feel that the duration of training for K-13 is too short. Therefore, Etty continued, her officials will make efforts to resolve such problems.