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Jakarta Post

School day should begin earlier

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 20 2008   /  12:11 pm

A policy proposed by the Jakarta city administration to begin the school day at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m. has sparked public controversy. This policy suggestion, the goal of which is to reduce traffic congestion in the capital, would be at the expense of students. The City Council rejected the idea and argued that the policy would not address the traffic problem. Meanwhile, the city administration predicted that the change would reduce congestion by 6 to 14 percent (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 27, 2008). Opponents argued that this is just more evidence that the Jakarta administration is unable to overcome traffic congestion. Students would be required to wake up earlier and would be sleepy in class. Many would be tardy and classrooms would be empty in the morning if this policy was in effect. Given the limitations of the Jakarta city administration to overcome tra...