Five Day School Familiarizing Intensified

Koran Sindo, page 2

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) will intensify the five-day school program. The implementation itself will be done gradually in the new school year.

Mendikbud Muhadjir Effendy claimed to have had an audience with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to report on this five-day school. According to him, the President advised to conduct familiarizing to all parties and to intensify it in order to avoid misunderstanding.

As previously reported by several media, Presidential Spokesman Johan Budi said that President Jokowi had asked Mendikbud to withhold the five-day school policy. During this hold status, Johan said, Mendikbud was asked to intensify familiarizing to all parties such as pesantren.

In response to Johan Budi’s statement Muhadjir explained that based on PP19/2017 and Permendikbud No 23/2017, the five-day school begins in the new academic year 2017 and is done in stages.

Director General of Primary and Secondary Education (Dikdasmen) Kemendikbud Hamid Muhammad added that familiarizing of the five-day school is continuously conducted. Even with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, they are preparing joint technical guidelines, especially able to synergize with madrasah diniyah and boarding schools (pesantren). Hamid explained that if there is no other decision by the President, the five-day school will begin in the third week of July. The program will begin gradually in 9,830 schools declared ready.

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