The Jakarta Post
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Hatta Rajasa, have promised to improve the quality of human resources through education reform during their administration, should they win the July 9 presidential election.
Their ideas are compiled in a 13-page document titled The Concrete Agenda and Program to Save Indonesia, which was submitted to the General Elections Comission (KPU) on Tuesday as a registration requirement for presidential candidates.
Of their eight main programs, number IV is titled "Improve quality of human resources through education reform", which prioritizes efforts to "strengthen the nation's character based on Pancasila", as referred to in the first point on the list.
After ensuring all citizens have a strong understanding of Pancasila, Prabowo and Hatta want to provide 12 years of compulsory, free education and remove taxation on books, as well as ending the introduction of new textbooks every school year.
Such a major change regarding books is followed by their plan to revise the national curriculum to emphasize character building and technology, and implement the compulsory teaching of English, math and anticorruption in elementary schools.
Prabowo and Hatta promise to improve school facilities by allocating Rp 150 million (US$13,050) annually for every school and providing computers for every school.
The pair also wants to develop vocational schools for agriculture, fisheries, forestry and industry, while at the same time pushing the demand for human resources by providing incentives for companies that take on interns.
Prabowo and Hatta are supported by the Gerindra Party's coalition, the largest alliance commanding a total 45.3 percent of the vote, or 292 of the total 560 seats in the House of Representatives. Gerindra's coalition comprises the Golkar Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). (gda)