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Jakarta Post

Back-to-school basics

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  01:27 am

Of all the new Cabinet members, it is arguably the youngest, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim, who has attracted the most public attention. This is also indicated by the numerous comments that we have received from readers eager to provide input to improve the country’s education system. For all the changes throughout the decades in education policies, including the current 2013 curriculum, and despite most education ministers being respected professors (with Nadiem among the few exceptions), the results remain questionable, as reflected, for instance, in the global review of fundamental skills. Critics say standards such as that of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) may be flawed — note our frequent champions in science competitions, the latest being the team that won the International Geography Olympiad last August, beating representatives from 44 ...