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The President, Joko Widodo, is finally taking control five-day school policy with the head of state said to be preparing authorization of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) program. The previous basis for this program was the Ministerial Regulation of Education and Culture (Permendikbud) Number 23 Year 2017; now the Presidential Regulation is to follow according to the Head of the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), KH Ma’ruf Amin.
According to Kiai Ma’ruf, this rearrangement was in response to various aspirations developing in society. The arrangement of the regulation relating to five-day school (LHS) will involve several ministers, including the Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), the Minister of Religious Affairs, and the Minister of Home Affairs. In addition, elements of society such as MUI, Islamic mass organizations, and other parties will be involved.
Previously, Mendikbud issued the Ministerial Regulation of Education and Culture Number 23 Year 2017 concerning School Day on June 9, 2017, regulating school time for five days with eight hours a day, as well as receiving subject education and program activity strengthening the character.
Ma’ruf added enactment of the regulation would wait for Perpres, which will strengthen a number of Islamic educational institutions such as Islamic primary education (Madrasah Diniyah).
Meanwhile, Mendikbud Muhadjir Effendy explained that Permendikbud Number 23 Year 2017 was the result of a closed meeting (ratas) on February 21, 2017 accepted by the President to synchronize school holidays with employees’ holidays, therefore Saturday and Sunday were able to be used as society’s holiday through PP Number 19 Year 2017.
However, along regulation reinforcement from Permendikbud being Perpres, the LHS program will not necessarily be implemented in the upcoming academic year (2017/2018), because the government is reviewing the program with a number of other parties.