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Jakarta Post

Big role for vocational schools

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, October 10 2019   /  12:52 am

For many years, vocational school (SMK) students have endured a stigma as troublemakers, including in the recent mass protests against a revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law. They are also often associated with street brawls and other cases of juvenile delinquency; the public tends to look down on them and vocational schools in general compared to students of private or state high schools. Statistics seem to confirm that a bright future eludes vocational school students, who have topped the unemployment rate for the last three years with 8.63 percent this year, 8.92 percent in 2018 and 9.27 percent in 2017. The apparent gloomy state of vocational school students ignores the decisive role that vocational education will play as the country is anticipating a big harvest of its demographic bonus between 2020 and 2035. Failure to improve vocational education, ...