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Less is more: Is shorter school week answer to Indonesian students’ poor performance?

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 9, 2019   /  01:08 pm
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Pupils at Kemirimuka I elementary school, Depok, West Java, work on assignments on Tuesday. (./.)

Chairman of the Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) Seto Mulyadi recently made headlines for his suggestion of shortening the school week to three days to boost children's academic and nonacademic performances. He made the statement only days after the release of an OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report that revealed a declining performance by Indonesian students in reading, science and mathematics. Seto – popularly known as Kak Seto – made the suggestion based on his experience with two schools that he cofounded. The students of Homeschooling Kak Seto (HSKS) in South Tangerang, Banten, only spend three days a week in school. Yet, Seto found that the homeschool students generally performed better than the children who studied from Monday until Friday at Mutiara Indonesia International in Bekasi, West Java. "Homeschooling wi...