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Bekasi private schools get less students

  • The Jakarta Post

Bekasi   /   Wed, July 24 2019   /  12:53 am
Afternoon break: Seventh grade students chat inside a classroom at SMP-SMA Putra Harapan, a private junior and senior high school in Kayuringin subdistrict, Bekasi, on Tuesday. Many private middle schools in Bekasi have seen student numbers drop in recent years.(JP/Robert Yota)(JP/Robert Yota)

Afternoon break: Seventh grade students chat inside a classroom at SMP-SMA Putra Harapan, a private junior and senior high school in Kayuringin subdistrict, Bekasi, on Tuesday. Many private middle schools in Bekasi have seen student numbers drop in recent years.(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 Hid...