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Teacher quality may hold back Nadiem’s reforms

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, December 15, 2019   /  04:49 pm
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Teachers help students to use smartphones to prepare for a mathematics competition at SMK 1 Leuwiliang state vocational school in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has planned four reforms in compulsory education, which try to reduce state control and give more autonomy to teachers and schools, a move that is feared to worsen the quality gap across provinces. Observers said the reforms, which will affect schools from elementary to high school level, may not be suitable for the country, in which teachers are not equally educated nor equally paid. Nadiem’s list of reforms, called Merdeka Belajar (Freedom to Learn), focuses on student performance assessments, classroom teaching plans (RPP) and school zoning. The first reform mandates a new form of assessment that can be determined by teachers in each school to replace the current final school exams (USBN), while the second sets to abolish the national exam (UN), which is deemed to test students on too much material, while being very poor at ...