Not All Regions Are Ready for Five day School System

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A number of education-related parties assess that the schools in the regions are not ready to implement five days schooling as regulated by Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) starting this July. Various factors from the facilities to the local culture become the reasons. Head of Bandung Regency Education Agency, Juhana, said that five-day school can be implemented in Bandung Regency, but only for some schools. Because, there are still schools with two shifts and also geographical/distance factors. The percentage of schools that can carry out five school days in Bandung Regency is only 50 percent.

This was similarly disclosed by Chairman of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) of Sleman, Sudiyo, who said that the government should hold intensive familiarizing and to anticipate the issue of lunch breaks, both for teachers and students. Nevertheless, he argues that Saturday should still be a school day for self-development or extracurricular activities.

Meanwhile, Head of Education and Youth and Sport Agency of Kudus Regency, Central Java, Joko Susilo, said he would hold a meeting related to the policy, including the content of religious education in schools. Because, it will affect the students who every afternoon attend the Islamic madrasah diniyah or Al Qur’an education.

Related to the unequal readiness of implementing the five school days, Mendikbud Muhadjir Effendy explained that the implementation will be done in stages. He appealed to principals who joined the Principal Working Congress (MKKS) in order to coordinate with the local education agency to map the schools that were ready to implement the policy.

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