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Jakarta Post

Vocational education reform more urgent than ever

  • Hendarsyah Tarmizi


Jakarta   /   Wed, March 20, 2019   /  02:06 pm
Vocational education reform more urgent than ever Battle of ideas: Senior Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin (left), who is also non-active Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman, and his contender, businessman Sandiaga Uno (right), present their ideas during the third presidential debate in Jakarta on Sunday evening. The debate, which was the first and only vice-presidential candidate debate, revolved around education, health, human resources, social issues and culture. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The third round of the presidential debates on Sunday evening that pit vice-presidential candidates Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno against each other was a flat affair. Although the two could easily express their ideas and programs articulately, they refrained from attacking each other orally during the two-and-half-hour debate on education, health, manpower and culture. Unexpectedly, the 76-year-old Ma’ruf, a Muslim cleric, demonstrated his extensive knowledge on issues other than Islam during the debate, as he explained in plain language the programs he and the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would realize if they were elected. For example, while Ma’ruf did not offer anything new on the employment issue, he said if reelected, President Jokowi’s main agenda would be to improve the existing policy that had successfully reduced the count...

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