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The implementation of five school days, ie from Monday to Friday or for eight hours a day, which will begin in the 2017-2018 academic year or next July applies to all schools. However, implementation depends on school readiness. Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy said that the ministerial regulation related to the five-day school setting was issued on June 9, 2017.
Muhadjir said that the extension of the teaching hour to eight hours is for character reinforcement program that is not always done in school. Thus, student activities do not have to be in class, at school, or taught by school teachers. Schools can work with educational institutions outside school such as Islamic madrasah diniyah, mosques, churches, arts studios.
However, some parents refused the program. In addition to school facilities and infrastructure that are yet to be supportive the program is considered to inhibit the growth and development of children’s soft skills. Rota Hidayati (40), a resident of Semarang, Central Java, for example, thinks the government needs to reconsider the program. With the current learning system alone, the child is burdened with many tasks and memorizing lessons. Rita is worried that going to school is no longer fun but instead a burden for the child.
Christiana (44), a Sleman resident of Yogyakarta, is also worried that her son Firra (14) who will be in the second year of junior high school does not have enough physical endurance to attend school for eight hours. She also feels that her child’s routine activities outside school may be disrupted, considering her daughter is taking a course outside school.