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Interview: On the importance of English language education for students

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 29 2012   /  12:22 pm

The English-language curriculum in the national education system has been a bone of contention among parents and education experts for many years, with many lamenting its focus on grammar and structure at the expense of creating a fun learning experience for students. The Jakarta Post’s Iman Mahditama talked to the Education and Culture Ministry’s director general for secondary education, Hamid Muhammad, about the importance of instilling students with excellent English communication skills and the significance of extracurricular activities such as the Youth Speak Fun Day in helping students to master the language. Below are excerpts of their conversation.   

Question: What is the significance of Youth Speak Fun Day (YSFD) for your directorate, given the bigger picture of the national education system?  

Answer: The secondary education directorate general...