Full Day School Depends on Regional Policy

Koran Sindo, page 14

Implementation of the five-day school policy should be submitted to the regional administrations because the regions know the readiness of the respective schools and their human resources. Chairperson of the Board of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PB PGRI) Unifah Rasyidi said PGRI understood the good intentions of the government as an effort to maintain, cultivate, and instill the characters of dynamic learners. However, five days in school without being prepared properly will lead to mixed and less positive reactions.

Unifah explained, there are several considerations, namely first, the government should form a special team to seriously discuss this policy with the regional administrations and various relevant parties. Secondly, there must be a guideline and upon implementation it should be submitted to the regional administrations because they know most about the conditions on the ground.

This is also in accordance with the mandate of the Law, she continued, that education has been decentralized to the regions. In addition, the government should also consider geographical conditions. If school lasts until the afternoon, who will guarantee the safety of students to return home.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy assessed some people have misunderstood the idea which he called as strengthening character education (PPK). According to him, the policy is actually to strengthen or multiply character formation and cultivation of character. Hence teaching and learning activities are not only in the classroom, but also outside the classroom.

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