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.
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
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.
said the textbooks would be given to schools for free, which would then be distributed to students.
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
"However, there will be an exception for elementary students who are required to work on the books," he