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Jakarta Post

Parents take education by the horns

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 29 2011   /  08:00 am
Hard life: Students at a private school in South Jakarta sit in a class. The punishing schedule applied by state schools has prompted parents to teach their children themselves or hire tutors at home. This homeschooling method gives children a chance to further explore their own interests. (JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/P.J. Leo)

Hard life: Students at a private school in South Jakarta sit in a class. The punishing schedule applied by state schools has prompted parents to teach their children themselves or hire tutors at home. This homeschooling method gives children a chance to further explore their own interests. (JP/P.J. Leo)For 10-year-old Yudhistira Gowo Sumiaji, the freedom he gained by planning his own school schedule helped him learn to love school.

“I usually start my day at 8 a.m. and finish at around 11 a.m. I study math, English or draw a comic strip on my computer and edit some pictures with Photoshop,” he said.

His other subjects include cooking, arts and tutorial sessions from the Internet.

Every day, five days a week, he has seven sessions that he schedules himself.

“What’s good about this is that I can get up at any time in the morning without worrying that I ...