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Director General for Secondary Education
Education and Culture Ministry
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Director General for Non-Formal and Informal Education
National Education Ministry
Junior High School Education at the National Education Office
Junior Secondary Education
The Education and Culture Ministry's director general for secondary education Hamid Muhammad said that teachers could easily catch up with the new system.
"Teachers will receive guidance from the State Educational Quality Control Agency [LPMP] as well as from several state universities' lecturers," Hamid told The Jakarta Post during the launch of the 2013 curriculum at Al Azhar BSD in South Tangerang. He said that the ministry would also evaluate the program soon. "In October or November this year, we will evaluate the curriculum and we can share knowledge with teachers should they find obstacles while using the new curriculum," he added. Hamid also brushed off criticism saying that the ministry rushed the implementation of the new national curriculum as an excuse to spend government funds for the project, including for publishing books. The ministry allocated a budget of Rp 829 billion (US$82.9 million) for the implementation of the new curriculum this year. Hamid said the textbooks would be given to schools for free, which would then be distributed to students. He added that students who would use the new books this year, would have to return it to the school's library, which would then loan them to the new batch of students the following year. "Those books will be used for five consecutive years, and they belong to the school's library, not students," Hamid said. "However, there will be an exception for elementary students who are required to work on the books," he added.
Dr Hamid Muhammad
Director of Junior Secondary Education
Hamid Muhammad, the National Education Ministry's director general for non-formal and informal education, responsible for ensuring Indonesia achieves the six EFA goals by 2015, told The Jakarta Post Friday that Indonesia could have had a better EDI and ranking if UNESCO had used data from the last two years for its report, and not data from the school year ending in 2006.
Hamid said EFA goals for Indonesia meant the country, among others, should have an NER of 95 percent, gross junior high school enrollment rate of 95 percent and adult literacy rate of 95 percent. Indonesia has attained these first two goals, with both the NER and junior high enrollment rate exceeding 95 percent. "Our illiteracy rate now stands at 5.7 percent, so in fact we only need to cut 1 percent more from the rate to reach the EFA goals," Hamid said.
Director of Junior High School Education at the National Education Office, Hamid Muhammad, said earlier that apart from the host country, 12 participating teams came from countries in Europe, 16 from Asia, three from the Americas and four from Africa. He said the number of participating countries was down from the earlier expectation but higher than the previous event where teams from 29 countries participated. "Previously, many countries had planned to send participants to the Olympiad, but canceled participation following travel warnings and the spread of bird flu here," explained Hamid.
Hamid Muhammad, director of secondary education at the Education and Culture Ministry said he was hoping that the Partnership for Education between his ministry, The Jakarta Post Foundation and Chevron Indonesia would continue.
"This partnership must continue and involve many partners, students, teachers, community members for the good of Indonesia's younger generations," he said. Youth Speak! Fun Day had emerged as an exemplary forum for the youth of the country to channel their aspirations, their voices, creativity and togetherness in positive and enriching activities, he concluded.