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Student numbers plummet at Bekasi private schools

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Bekasi   /   Mon, July 22, 2019   /  07:07 pm
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Private school headmasters hold banners and voice their opinions during a protest in front of the Bekasi Mayor's Office on Jl. Ahmad Yani, Bekasi on Tuesday. (JP/Robert Yota)

Unfurling banners and chanting slogans, about 100 private school principals staged a noisy protest at the Bekasi mayoral office recently. They protested the city administration’s policy on public school enrollment because of the drastic fall in student numbers.    “We need new students to feed us,” one banner screamed. Others carried messages demanding that the mayor stop the enrollment system (or PPDB) that the teachers say has managed to get most students into state schools. After two hours demonstrating, 10 teachers representing the protesters were allowed inside and they met with Education Agency head Inay Hidayatulah but they could not agree on anything. The protest was triggered by the local administration’s decision to extend the period of enrollment to state schools, disregarding the objection raised by local private schools whic...