Nadiem Makarim as The New Minister of Education and Culture Bear the Heavy Duty to Revitalize Vocational High School

05 November 2019 | Author : Manufakturindo
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After being officially appointed as Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim was doubtful by many. Education and Culture are very important in Indonesia that the very young Nadiem's figure – 35 years, are much underestimated.

Moreover, Nadiem as the founder of Go-Jek is said to only possess a businessman characteristic rather than a Minister of Education and Culture. Even so, President Jokowi apparently put great trust in Nadiem to fix Education in Indonesia.

One of the major tasks that becomes the heavy duty for Nadiem is revitalization of vocational schools (Vocational Schools). FSGI (Indonesian Teachers Union Forum) revealed that currently Vocational Schools are in dire need of improvement, especially in the curriculum.

The current Vocational Schools curriculum is still not in line with industry needs. In fact, Vocational Schools graduates are expected to become a resource that can directly work in the industry. FSGI highly recommends revamping the Vocational Schools curriculum.

According to FSGI, one of the roots causes the incompatibility of Vocational Schools curriculum and industry needs is the low number of productive subject teachers at Vocational Schools. In fact, the problem caused a large number of unemployment consisted of vocational school graduates.

FSGI Deputy Secretary General Satriwan Salim advised Nadiem to consider the characteristics of Vocational Schools based on the location of schools. LPTK (Educational Workforce Education Institutions) can open various creative industry study programs needed by the industrial world.

To attract productive teachers, Satriwan said that giving incentives would be quite tempting. It is hoped that more productive subject teachers will be available to teach at vocational schools.

In addition, industries in certain areas can assist in the preparation of the curriculum at the local vocational school so students are ready to work the moment they graduate.

LPTK can participate in providing incentives, such as by issuing contracts so that graduates will teach productive subjects in vocational high schools.

Then, the government must also play an active role, especially in granting licenses in establishing new Vocational Schools. Satriwan said that currently there are more private Vocational Schools than public Vocational Schools, as much as 10,500 private Vocational Schools and 3,500 public Vocational Schools.


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