Kemendikbud Synergizes FDS with Kemenag

Media Indonesia, page 10, Friday 23 June

President Joko Widodo will issue a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) to replace the Minister of Education and Culture Regulation (Permendikbud) Number 23 Year 2017 on School Days.  Kemendikbud continues to conduct discussions with a number of related parties.

Director General of Primary and Secondary Education Hamid Muhammad said that his office has held coordination meetings with the Chairman of MUI KH Ma’ruf Amin, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag), schools and madrassas on Monday (19/6).  One of the agenda of the coordination meeting was the preparation of the Technical Guidelines (Juknis) of the Five Day School (full day school/FDS)

Hamid revealed that his side would synergize the eight hour school day and can work together with madrassas that already have operational permits and use the curriculum set by Kemenag.  Recorded, as many as 6 million children from public schools, and mostly are from primary school (SD) level, attend afternoon schooling in madrasahdiniyah at various levels.

On that occasion, the Special Staff of Education Minister Overseeing Regulations Chatarina Girsaang said that for the time being the Perpres discussed still refers to Permendikbud 23 of 2017 on Teacher and Character Education Strengthening. Meanwhile, according to KH Ma’ruf Amin, the inclusion of Kemendikbud, Kemenag, Islamic organizations and the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) in the perpres discussions, was in addition to enriching the regulation was also so the perpres could have power and to have more compressive power in the implementation.

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