President Asks for Five Day School to be Postponed

Koran Tempo, page 7

President Joko Widodo said he would issue a presidential regulation (Perpres) as the basis for the five-day school policy. This was conveyed by Jokowi – or Joko Widodo – after meeting with Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy and Chairman of Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Ma’ruf Amin at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta yesterday.

The Minister of Education and Culture Regulation No. 23 of 2017 on School Days was signed by Muhadjir on Monday last week. In that regulation the execution of education is to be five days a week for eight hours per day. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and community organizations fear that the regulation would disrupt religious education institutions. They are concerned that this rule undermines the basic rights of children, especially primary school students, to interact with their families and neighborhoods.

Muhadjir said the Ministry of Education team had actually requested for the five-day school plan to be arranged in the form of a presidential regulation. The ministry submitted it on November 22 last year. However, the State Secretariat through a letter issued on March 16 stated that the five-day school regulation is sufficient to be stipulated in a ministerial regulation.  However, the ministerial regulation will be replaced by a presidential regulation. Muhadjir added that the five-day school new presidential regulation will not be in conflict with the teachers’ teaching quota.

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