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Nadiem's campus reforms have yet to address student exploitation during internships

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /  01:24 pm
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University students are engrossed in an experiment in a campus laboratory. Students are expected to prove their competence but often become victims of workplace exploitation during internships.(Antara/-)

While getting praise for granting campus autonomy through the Kampus Merdeka (Independent Campus) policy, the Education and Culture Ministry has been criticized for failing to address student welfare during internships.    After the Merdeka Belajar (Freedom to Learn) reforms aimed at schools, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim debuted Kampus Merdeka, another liberating policy for higher education. The minister issued five new ministerial regulations this year to accommodate four reforms in universities: autonomy for universities to establish new programs, easier requirements for state universities to become legal entities, a new accreditation system for higher education programs and students’ right to take up to three semesters studying outside of their program. The last regulation has drawn the most attention as it directly affects students. ...