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Equality needs good teachers, not just apps

Equality needs good teachers, not just apps Culture and Education Minister Nadiem Makarim after the announcement of Indonesia Onward Cabinet on Wednesday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Yulida Pangastuti
Jakarta   ●   Sat, November 2, 2019

Digital platforms are seen as promising educational tools to reach students in distant places. The discourse on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and innovations in the digital-learning industry give new power to knowledge based on information and communication technology (ICT).

The Education and Culture Ministry has expanded its online training program. SimpaTIK and Rumah Belajar are examples of this innovation. The recent appointment of former Gojek CEO Nadiem Makarim as minister signals the new tech-based direction of Indonesia’s education.

Not all ICT innovations have ended well. Some may remember the story of the “one laptop, one child” program promoted in the late 1990s. In Brazil, most of the classrooms did not consider laptops as useful as direct interaction with competent teachers. Digital platforms have so far failed to significantly impr...

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