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Nadiem’s bold vision for education reform lacks detail

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  08:22 am
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Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim (Instagram/@Kemendikbud.RI)

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has repeatedly hinted at possible teaching reform through intensified cooperation with youth and civil society organizations. However, he has stopped short of offering any concrete programs. The former CEO of Gojek recently received praise for his speech marking National Teachers' Day, in which he laid out several issues that hinder Indonesian teachers from reaching their full potential – ranging from bureaucracy to a rigid curriculum. Over a week after the speech text was released to an outpouring of hope and support from the public, Nadiem admitted in front of hundreds of teachers, as well as representatives of communities and organizations, that he had yet to come up with a solution to these problems. "Truthfully, I was afraid when I wrote that speech. Imagine that I had to express such a personal opinion, but as th...