Arranging Perpres, Mendikbud ready to Receive Suggestions

Koran Sindo, page 4

The government has decided to change the mechanism for the release of five-day school regulation for students raising from the level of a ministerial regulation (permen) to be a presidential regulation (perpres). This rearrangement is expected to minimize the problems that have arisen.

The government stated that it was willing to receive suggestions from society in regard to this perpres. The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Muhadjir Effendy, said that guidance as to the content of said perpres would require the involvement of numerous parties.

Mendikbud said that his officials had requested that PGRI be involved in the perpres arrangement. In addition, MUI, NU, and Muhammadiyah were also requested to make suggestions. He explained that the content of the Perpres would be different from that of the current Permendikbud. He envisaged that the issuance of the perpres would more comprehensively arnge the mechanism for the Strengthening of Character Education (PPK) as well as engendering greater harmony in society.

Muhadjir explained that although there was perpres, the teachers’ workday would still be five days a week with eight hours per day of teaching. However, other formulas would have tol wait for the perpres. He continued that Kemendikbud would also coordinate with the Minister of Religious Affairs to harmonize PPK with Islamic schools (madarasah).

Meanwhile, the Head of the Board of Teachers Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI), Unifah Rasyidi, appreciated the postponement of five-day school implementation, which now would be planned after Eid al-Fitr (Lebaran). He said that this postponement was very positive step towards the sustainability of the learning process at all educational levels.

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