Educational Observer: 5 Day School Policy Lacks Coordination

Suara Pembaruan, page 16

After the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy delivered a discourse until he issued Permendikbud on 5 Day School there are still many Regional Administrations (Pemda) that rejected the policy. Indonesian education observer, Indra Charismiadji said that the rejection by the heads of the regions and the community was due to lack of familiarizing about the policy.

According to Indra, in making the policy, Mendikbud should also have dialogues with the ministry that is related to the regional administrations. In this case, involving the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemdagri). This is because the regional heads are under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs.  In addition, it also involves the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag) which also manages education.

Indra said that so far Kemdikbud has not done it, so many Pemdas are rejecting. Kemdikbud must involve the relevant Ministries to conduct dialogues and familiarizing in order to conduct the program. It seems that one of the issues being discussed in this school day policy is the cost for teachers who run the five day school.

He mentioned that the teacher issue becomes one of the considerations for the regional administrations (Pemda) to reject the 5-day school policy. Because there is no allocation of funds for teachers, especially for temporary teachers. While the five-day school policy aims to offset the burden of the state in funding to civil servant teachers (PNS). While the civil servant teachers do not work according to the work hours of state civil apparatus (ASN) which is 40 hours a week.

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