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Jakarta Post

Time to do away with all those TOEFL-like tests

  • Albard Khan

Surabaya   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  01:25 am

JP/P.J.LeoThe new education minister, Nadiem Makarim, has received various suggestions on how to fix our education system. Maybe his nonteaching professional background has encouraged many education practitioners and experts to chip in a provocative suggestion or two. One such suggestion is bold enough to merit a serious discussion here, namely limiting English language education to elementary schools only. This suggestion was proposed by the Indonesian Teachers’ Association (IGI), which also suggested that English teaching should focus on communication skills rather than the knowledge aspect of English, such as grammar and vocabulary. However, the IGI seems to overlook a report published by English First International showing that, in 2019, Indonesia ranked 61st in the world-wide English Proficiency Index, well below Vietnam (52nd), Malaysia (26th), Singapore (5th) and the Netherlands...