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International schools must comply with new ministerial decree

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, May 23 2014 | 10:38 pm

The Education and Culture Ministry says that international schools must make adjustments to their curriculum as stipulated by a new ministerial decree issued on April 23.

Education and Culture Ministerial Decree No. 31/2014 on the cooperation and management of foreign education institutions with Indonesian education institutions stipulates that educators at international schools must be registered with the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry and the Education and Culture Ministry, Antara news agency reported.

Furthermore, the Education and Culture Ministry'€™s director general of early childhood education programs, Lydia Freyani Hawadi, said that teachers at international schools must also be proficient in Indonesian, as stipulated by Manpower and Transmigration Ministry laws.

She explained that they must be proficient in the language because Indonesian students studying at international schools must take four compulsory subjects: religious studies, Indonesian language, history and citizenship studies.

"The teacher's education must be suited to the subject they teach," Lydia told reporters on Friday.

A school's curriculum must also be adjusted to national standards, and foreign students must be taught cultural studies, she said.

Furthermore, Lydia emphasized that international schools could not be fully owned by foreign stakeholders, as the law stipulates that foreigners can only own 49 percent of a school. The school must also be able to prove that it has enough capital to run the school for the next six years.

"Most importantly, there will no longer be 'international schools'. They must change their names," she explained.

Lydia said that the ministry had held talks with 44 schools to discuss the new ministerial decree, adding that a majority of the schools did not have any accreditation.

If a school does not comply with the ministry's demands, the school management could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined Rp 1 billion ( US$86,000 ) under Law No. 20/2003 on the national education system. ( fss )

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