invisible hit counter Optimizing educational excellence in Indonesia - 10 Downing Nyc

Education is the most important key for a country to assert itself in global competition. Education is considered to be the most strategic field in realizing national well-being. Intelligent and characterful human resources are prerequisites for the development of high culture. On the other hand, low human resources also lead to poor civilization.


The quality of education in Indonesia does not differ much from other developing countries. While some points fall by the wayside, that doesn’t mean the education in this archipelagic country isn’t good.


Students in Indonesia do not have to spend a lot of money to pay for school facilities. In Indonesia, the cost of education is borne by the state, namely, 20% is allocated to education. The size of the budget is aimed at realizing one of the country’s visions, namely the intellectual life of the nation.


A few years ago, students flocked to choose schools they thought had superior performance. Now it’s not that easy anymore. For example at the elementary school level. Students are admitted online. Students are admitted taking into account zoning and age. These prospective students don’t need to come from kindergarten.


The same applies to the student admissions system in the Realschule. Zoning is an important consideration. Not the test scores or the age of the students. This encourages public schools to focus on school quality to provide the best service to the community. With this system, all students who enroll are guaranteed access to schools close to where they live. Additionally, due to the existence of BOS (School Operational Costs) funds, schools are not allowed to collect fees from their parents. Even if the funds made available by the respective schools are not sufficient, the “school board” and not the “teacher” has the right to request a lack of funds from the legal guardians.


amount of potential

According to the results of a study by the World Bank, the education system in Indonesia ranks 3rd as the largest education system in Asia and the 4th largest in the world. As an archipelagic country separated by oceans, Indonesian teachers must be ready to be deployed anywhere.


Compared to other countries, determining the Indonesian curriculum is not easy. The reason for this is that the government needs to make the best plans for dealing with thousands of diversity. Aside from being separated by the sea, Indonesia also has a different cultural style, heterogeneous religion, diverse livelihoods, and different ways of life. However, with the implementation of the 2013 national curriculum, teachers will be given more comprehensive steps to make the transition.


The 2013 curriculum has identified core competencies, foundation competencies, teacher books, and student books. However, this does not mean that teachers have to follow the book’s contents exactly. Teachers can create their indicators based on the conditions of their respective areas. The student’s book, which is the teacher’s guide, is a minimal learning resource that can be developed even more comprehensively.

In Indonesia, teachers have different positions in society. Society still regards the teacher as a noble profession. There is even the term “unsung hero”. This statement is very true since the task of the teacher is not only to teach children but also to educate them to become noble and full of character.


All layers of society have realized that teachers are the most important profession because they have to educate the nation’s Kusuma generation. Even today, the teaching profession is very popular among young people. Many high school graduates enroll in teaching and educational sciences. The popularity of the education major has overtaken the medical major. Of those applicants who take the test, only about 15% are accepted.


This condition is equivalent to the hiring of prospective civil servants. Teacher training always occupies the highest position compared to other training courses. This phenomenon occurs not only in one region but in all regions. This is certainly very good because the government can get professional teachers through strict testing.


It is wrong to think that Indonesian teachers only teach for a short time. The work of a teacher in Indonesia is as long as that of a doctor or a lawyer. Teachers work hard to prepare materials, teaching materials, and media and determine appropriate study techniques as each student has a different character. Therefore, professional knowledge is required to practice this profession.


Indonesia has a transparent education system. This means that students and parents are given freedom of access. Teachers and students have the right to know their learning outcomes and also have the right to receive information about learning.


In Indonesia, the curriculum is governed by the center through the involvement of curriculum experts and practitioners. So the curriculum is not only created by experts but also by practitioners (teachers) who are involved. For example, in the creation of the 2013 syllabus, there are teachers involved through a specific selection. The teachers listed in the 2013 curriculum book went through a long process of selection. This means that the government has paid attention to the parties involved in learning planning.


The strategic role of the teacher

Teachers play an active role in the implementation of the 2013 syllabus. In this new syllabus, teachers are not only teachers, teachers must also be able to guide, teach and explain. Teachers guide students in academic and non-academic activities. A teacher must explore the talents of students. The teacher guides the students in obtaining the materials needed to gather their knowledge.


Teachers must also be able to explain the activities carried out during learning. As a follow-up, students also need to be able to present the activities they learned during their learning at school. The active role of the teacher here aims to ensure that students get what they should get in school. Schools don’t just take out books and then put them back in their bags. But the school is a house with several partitions and no doors. There are many things that students can learn in school.


Parental and community involvement also seems to be better today. The existence of the school program to strengthen personal development has involved parents directly in learning. The school works with parents to develop the vision of a child-friendly school. Within the framework of the school committee and the class association, parents make a material and non-material contribution to the smooth learning of their children.


Various parental activities and support are based on the sense of “ownership” and “loving” that educational success is a form of collaborative effort. The success of children in their education is not only the job of the teacher. But the parents, as the first madrasa, also have an important role in shaping the personality of the child.


The role of schools in the Character Empowerment Program is to provide a bridge between teachers and parents to discover and develop students’ talents. So far, there are many gifted children whose potential cannot be channeled due to a lack of communication between teachers, parents, and schools. Parents certainly know their children’s talents better than their teachers. It is the task of the parents to assess the development of the child in consultation with the class teacher. Through this assessment, teachers and parents will work together to guide and direct students’ talents.


Indonesia is an island nation with thousands of potential. However, Indonesia is one of the countries that managed to build a mega education system to unite all the different characteristics of the students.


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