The latest news on the proposed Indonesian government regulations for Education

I was recently at a meeting with a number of Education officials who are working to get the Education regulations into place before the end of the year. They were kind enough to share their draft documents. (even if our school is not entirely happy with all the contents).

Some of the most important aspects include;

  • schools will not be allowed to call themselves international (unless they get permission from the Minister)
  • all Indonesian students must do the national exams (In Year 6,9 and 12)
  • all non-Indonesian students must study Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian studies
  • there will be no more letter of equivalence
  • teachers may not spread religious propaganda
  • teachers must have a minimum standard of education

You may download copies here.

new regulations (Pdf format, Bahasa Indonesia only)

pp 17 dwibahasa 12 april (docx format and in both English and Bahasa Indonesia)

Sekolah bertaraf internasional (a presentation about the new laws and regulations for International Schools in pdf format in Bahasa Indonesia)


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7 Responses to The latest news on the proposed Indonesian government regulations for Education

  1. drbrucepk says:

    Thanks for posting these Pak Liam. Hasn’t the Indonesian language requirement always been in place? I know when I was the principal of an international school, we had to have a Bahasa Indonesia class for our students. What is the letter of equivalence? I’m not familiar with that one. Also, what are the minimal standards for teachers?

    • Pak Liam says:

      Hi Dr Bruce,

      I’m not certain or not about the BI requirement being in place, our school has nearly all students doing BI. (But with increasing enrollments of foreign students, eg: Korean, who want to maintain their mother tongue, improve in English that could change)

      2, We currently assist our students to get a letter of equivalence from DEPDIKNAS that says that our programme is equivalent to the Year 6, Year 9 and Year 12 Exams, so they can transfer to other schools or enter Indonesian Universities, if they so desire.

      3. Minimum standards are being worked out, but they include all teachers having a degree in the subject they teach and an education degree or certification.

  2. There has been international coverage of how bad the Indonesian exam system devised by DIKNAS is. The 99.5% pass rate inspires nothing but contempt. Al-Jazeera ran a story asking whether Indonesia had the worst education system in the world. Too harsh surely, but it is worth noting how bad their rigged exams are. There was an article in the Economist about how widespread cheating on the exams are. DIKNAS has ravaged the informal sector with its overly strict regulations too. People with an Education Degree can’t legally work at EF now!

    • Pak Liam says:

      I agree with your comments about the poor quality combined with the rampant corruption of the exam system.

      But that’s the first that I have heard about EF not being able to employ staff even with an education degree, are you sure about that ? I know of folk teaching at EF et al and the ones I know do not have an education degree…

      • DIKNAS has insisted that all people working in the informal sector (EF, TBI and Wall Street etc.) have a degree in “English”. This has been interpreted as meaning a degree in English Literature or TEFL, but people with an education degree have usually been refused. The rules have been strictly enforced in terms of most schools but not in the case of EF. The speculation is that EF has “back door” channels at DIKNAS, which enables them to get teachers through without the right degree. One imagines this is a nice little money-spinner for them.

      • Pak Liam says:

        Oh yes, of course, I had forgotten about that issue. International schools reply on staff having the necessary degree (eg: Physics for a Science teachers et al) plus the education degree/qualification so we don’t employee anyone outside of those parameters anyway.

        But I can see how that is an issue for language schools. As far as one particular school having additional relationships with DIKNAS staff, it happens with the International schools also. This country is hampered by officials who chop and change and interpret rules and regulations as they go. Great for some, not so good for others. The best we can do is try and work within the framework and remember, this is Indonesia.

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