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Jakarta Post

Schools must serve as conduits for greater things: Anies

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 5 2009   /  01:23 pm

Universal access to education remains far from reality in Indonesia, as educational institutes grow ever further out of the reach of the poor. What should the government and the institutes do to address the problem? The Jakarta Post's Arghea Desafti Hapsari asked Anies Baswedan, rector of Paramadina University, his views on the challenges the national education system faces in contributing to the country's development. The following are excerpts from the interview. Question: What is the main problem with our education system today? Answer: Education should be designed as a scheme from which the nation can prosper. Today, that process is impeded because the education cost getting more and more expensive, such that only a few people can afford it. I'm worried that in 20 years, we will see the same middle class that we see today, meaning many from the lower classes will have ...