Kemendikbud Confirms Five Days

Media Indonesia, page 11

Despite criticism from many circles, especially from the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) and the Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) is suspected to stick to the five-day school plans. The concerns of the madrasah/Islamic schools will close down with that plan are considered not to happen.

Director General of Primary and Secondary Education (Dikdasmen) of Kemendikdud, Hamid Muhammad, responded to the plan of applying the five-day school in the 2017/2018 school year which is being finalized into ministerial regulations. According to him, the implementation of five-day school is organized in two ways. First, students study in one school entirely from morning to afternoon using the school’s learning facilities.

Second, students study in their schools until noon; afterwards they proceed to schools or other institutions such as madrasah diniah, pesantren, arts studio, sports studio, museums, and other learning places selected by students. Hamid insisted that the one stating that madrasahs would be out of business would not likely happen, instead it would strengthen its existence.

Previously, the Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy stated that the policy was in accordance with the working standards of state civil apparatus (ASN). In the five work days, the minimum learning time becomes 8 hours so that in a week the teachers will teach for 40 hours.

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