The Five Day School is Considered Able to Abolish Radicalism

Media Indonesia, page 11

The Discourse of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) to establish a Full Day School program or a five-day program received the support and criticism of a number of parties. From the critics however, Maarif Institute supports the Minister Muhadjir Effendy’s policy.

Maarif Institute Executive Director, M Abdullah Darraz said in Jakarta yesterday that basically Maarif Institute encourages this policy. Schools have a more active and flexible role in the fight against radicalism that is often done outside school hours. He also argues that the rejection assumptions made by some parties to this policy should be constructively dialogued.

Meanwhile, sharp criticism was also made by the Student Association of Nahdlatul Ulama, Amizar Isma. He considered that there are still many things to be studied further related to the policy. Mizar said Kemendikbud’s first mistake was not sufficiently considering and accommodating the aspirations of various parties. This policy is similar to the concept of full day school system, where with 5 days of school means there is an additional time to 8 hours of school time each day. This will cause less time for children to play and socialize with their friends.

Whereas according to Mendikbud, character building does not mean that students will study for eight hours inside the classroom. However, students will be encouraged to engage in activities that develop 21st century character and skills. Not only in schools, but also in other environments such as mosques, churches, temples, soccer fields, museums and art galleries can be sources of learning with the proportion of 70% character shaping/building and 30% knowledge.

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