Do not Impose 5 Day School

Kompas, page 11

The readiness of the implementation of the five-day school policy that will begin in the new 2017/2018 academic year in July is questioned. House Commission X requests that the five-day school policy is not forced in all schools, but as an option as needed. This policy is considered to cause commotion due to various impacts that will surface on the ground.   The issue surfaced in the House Commission X Meeting with Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, in Jakarta, Tuesday (13/6).

Vice Chairman of House Commission X, Ferdiansyah asked that the five-day school policy be properly studied and familiarized before being implemented. If students are at school for up to eight hours per day, but in school there are no supporting facilities and interesting activities, students will be stressed. In remote areas, there are many students that live far away from school. They have to leave early to come to school and come home later in the afternoon. Not to mention the matter of whether students have the proper nutrition intake in school.

The urging not to impose implementation of the five-day school policy was also delivered by a number of teachers’ organizations. Chairperson of the Board of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association (PGRI), Unifah Rosyidi said that PGRI understands the good intentions of the government as an effort to maintain, grow, and instill the character of students. However, five days in school until the afternoon without proper preparation can lead to diverse reactions and tend to be negative. According to Unifah, the government should form a special team to seriously discuss this policy with the regional administrations and a number of relevant parties.

Meanwhile, Vice President, Jusuf Kalla said that the decision should be reviewed and should be made in a limited cabinet meeting led by the President. He said that the decision concerns the fate of 50 million Indonesian children that are affected. So it should not be decided at the ministerial level.

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