Mendikbud: The Government is Formulating the Presidential Regulation

Suara Pembaruan, page 17, Thursday 29 June

Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy said the Five-Day School (LHS) policy is currently being formulated in the form of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) as the legal framework in supporting.

Permendikbud No. 23 of 2017 on School Days. His side, continued Muhadjir, is still awaiting the result of team work.

According to Muhadjir, in summary the presence of Perpres is to perfect the LHS policy.  The existence of this regulation, he added, is so that this LHS legal umbrella could oversee across ministries involved, namely Kemendikbud, Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag), Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri), the Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu), the Ministry of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform (Kemenpan- RB), Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) and the State Secretariat (Setneg).

Muhadir explained his party would also involve the regional administrations (pemda) because the school is the authority of the pemda.  In addition, there are some regional heads who reject this LHS policy, so there should be dialogue and dismissing the notion that the LHS policy is Javacentric and does not involve other regions especially the outermost, frontier, and disadvantaged regions (3T).

Meanwhile, the expert staff of Kemendikbud Character Education, Arie Budiman, said his party had invited all education agency heads of 34 provinces to conduct dialogue regarding the readiness of schools to run LHS.  He believes that no one will reject it after properly understanding the substance of the LHS provisions.

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