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Can Nadiem live up to the hype? Cabinet post sparks hope but structural hurdles loom

  • Riska Rahman, Esther Samboh and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Bandung, West Java   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  07:08 am
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Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The appointment of technology giant Gojek co-founder Nadiem Makarim as education and culture minister is hoped to make a positive impact on the country’s digital economy, but education experts said structural problems may hinder his plans for a breakthrough. The tech sector cheered over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s pick. It was “the first [of this] kind of appointment in the world and it could be an option for other leaders”, said Jakarta-based East Venture managing partner Willson Cuaca. “Nadiem’s appointment could not only make students be more digital savvy or ready for the digital industry, but also prepare the education system and the next generation’s capabilities to be relevant with time,” Willson told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Impressed by Nadiem’s success in leading Gojek from...