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Teaching Indonesia's children

  • Adhityani Putri

Canberra   /   Sun, October 21 2012   /  07:05 am

Indonesian children may soon no longer be taught English in primary school. Musliar Kasim, the deputy education and culture minister, reasoned that teaching English to children, along with science, was “burdensome” and that it should be considered haram or forbidden under Islam.

This latest development in the government’s attempt to overhaul the national curriculum prompted an outcry among parents and non-parents alike. My Facebook newsfeed and Twitter time line were immediately flooded with strong reactions, calling it “a joke”, “outrageous” and “a bid to destroy Indonesia’s future”.

As a young parent, I share these sentiments. I want my children to be able to go out into the world and have access to a range of opportunities. To meet that goal, they need a world-class education. If our national leaders hold the same aspiration for the children of Indone...