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Jakarta Post

Minister Nadiem sparks hope, but structural hurdles loom

  • Riska Rahman, Esther Samboh and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung, West Java   /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  12:28 am
Nadiem Makarim (JP)

Nadiem Makarim (JP)The appointment of technology giant Gojek cofounder 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 might 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 Wilson 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,” Wilson told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Impressed by Nadiem’s success in leading Gojek from being a delivery call center connecting 20 ojek...