The Jakarta Post
Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) head Seto Mulyadi has suggested that the government cut down the school week to three days from the common five to six days to allow students to explore their potential outside of the academic field.
He said he had applied such a system in his homeschooling service in Bintaro, South Tangerang, for the last 13 years.
He went even further by obliging his students to spend only three hours per day studying, yet many of his students have enrolled at prestigious colleges, such as the University of Indonesia, Gajah Mada University and Diponegoro University.
He said it was important that children were not only motivated in their academic life but also explored their potential in other fields, such as sports.
“[I even have some] deaf students. Dewi Yull’s son got an invitation from Queen Elizabeth in London for being able to motivate his fellow deaf students,” Seto told kompas.com on Wednesday, referring to a famous Indonesian singer.
Seto said if children felt happy at school, they would become quality graduates.
With little time spent at school, children could spend their time at home and develop interests and skills of their own. Children would not be robots that were obligated to receive lessons and neglect their other talents, Seto said. (gis)