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Jakarta Post

Vocational education needs bold reform

  • Alpha Amirrachman
    Alpha Amirrachman

    Executive director of the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilizations (CDCC)

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  12:36 pm
Vocational education needs bold reform Students of a vocational school assemble parts of a computer during a competition in East Java. (Kompas/Bahana Patria Gupta)

West Java Governor Ridwal Kamil was unable to hide his disappointment over the province’s high unemployment rate. In fact, the latest figures from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) showed that open unemployment in the province had declined from 8.16 percent in 2018 to 7.73 percent in 2019, primarily due to the affirmative measures of the West Java education office; yet it was still the highest among other provinces. More disappointingly, many of the unemployed are graduates of vocational schools, which are supposed to produce highly skilled workers. What went wrong? In the last several years, the country has seen an uncontrolled explosion of private vocational schools, for which the provincial administration had failed to carry out a proper feasibility study regarding demand and better quality schools that met at least the minimum educational standards. To date, the country has 1...

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