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Indonesia’s teachers need a smarter education system

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INDONESIA’s education system is paralysed by its macro-policy coordination.

Take teacher management, for example — Indonesia’s public school teachers are civil servants first and teaching professionals second. This curious employment arrangement means that they must prioritise loyalty to the central government before students.

Law No. 23/2014 on Local Government stipulates that the recruitment, payment, training, deployment and promotion of teachers across district and provincial boundaries fall under the central government’s jurisdiction, while local governments are only tasked with deploying teachers within their administrative boundaries.

But despite the central government’s more muscular administrative powers, it is not clear which ministry is in charge of managing Indonesia’s public school teachers. Under the current system, the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) is responsible for non-religious education-related matters, while regulating state teachers in madrasa institutions falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA). But there has been a recent push to place public school teachers under the management of the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (MoABR) — the ministry responsible for recruiting Indonesia’s civil servants.

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The reason behind this push is that teachers’ qualifications need re-certification — the financing of teachers’ salaries is separate to the financing for curriculum development or administrative management. But this........

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