Media Indonesia, page 14
The Muhammadiyah organization affirmed its support to the 8-hour per day or five-day school policy which is a character building program (PPK) to be implemented gradually in the new 2017/2018 academic year.
Secretary General of PP Muhammadiyah, Abdul Mu’ti in the breaking of fast (iftar) event with Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy at his residence at Widya Chandra Ministers’ Complex Jakarta, on Tuesday (20/6) evening, said that institutionally Muhammadiyah agrees with the Mendikbud’s policy on five-day school. In response to the policy, his party would make adjustments to its school environment and its madrasah diniah education.
Abdul Mu’ti argues that the new policy will affect the managerial, financial and curricular aspects of the Muhammadiyah schools. In the managerial aspect, it will have an impact on the educators and school management in the Muhammadiyah Foundation, and in the financial aspect the schools must prepare lunches. Meanwhile, in the curricular aspect, he revealed that there are many flagship Muhammadiyah schools, both in Java and outside Java, which have already implemented the five-day school with good achievements.
On a separate occasion, the Expert Staff to Mendikbud on Character Education, Arie Budiman revealed that Kemendikbud has set up pilot schools in 34 provinces consisting of 270 primary schools and 268 junior high schools, which were held since October to the end of December 2016. His party has also monitored and evaluated 14 schools In Kota Sentani, Papua; Padang, West Sumatra; Banten; East Java; East Nusa Tenggara; West Nusantara Tenggara; and Bangka Belitung. Based on the evaluation results guidelines for implementation (juklak) and technical guidelines (juknis) are soon prepared for the clarity of PPK implementation.
Meanwhile, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) leader/figure Muhaimin Iskandar (Cak Imin) suggested that there should be meetings particularly of NU and Muhammadyah as soon as possible regarding the five-day policy. It should be done so that the confusion of the full day school does not disrupt/divide the Ummah.