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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Minister slams teachers association

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  12:41 am

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has admonished the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI), saying the quality of education in Indonesia had not improved even though teachers were receiving better pay through the government’s certification program.

“I initiated the teacher certification program and I’m glad it happened. [But] It turns out that those certificates mean nothing. It’s just a formal procedure to receive extra pay,” Sri Mulyani said, as quoted by on Tuesday.

The 2007 Teacher Certification Program was implemented to improve the quality of 3 million Indonesian teachers by offering incentives for them to undergo a comprehensive evaluation.

The program evaluates a teacher’s academic performance, personality, pedagogical skills and emotional well-being. The teachers that pass the evaluation will receive double their previous salary a...