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Jakarta Post

Critics want education stripped from jobs bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Higher education: A lecturer explains a subject in a university in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Lawmakers and academics have demanded that educational issues be scrapped from the omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that some provisions in the draft may end up being "counterproductive" to efforts to improve education in the country. The bill, under discussion by the House of Representatives and the government, would amend a number of articles in Law No. 20/2003 on the national education system, Law No. 14/2005 on teachers and lecturers and Law No. 12/2012 on higher education. A number of House legislators, especially those with close ties to Indonesia's largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), raised concerns about some articles they said would commercialize education and turn it into a business commodity. For instance, they criticized a provision in the draft bill – a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post – that makes the pri...