A tale of the haves and have nots or do our students have to sit UN as well as IB or CIE exams?

I believe that the legislation relating to SPK – Satuan Pendidikan Kerja Sama schools lists three types of schools;

  • PLI – Lembaga Pendidikan di Indoneisa – or National Schools, typically know as SM Negeri
  • LPA – Lembaga Pendidikan Asing – Foreign Schools or Embassy Schools.
  • SPK – Satuan Pendidikan Kerja Sama – loosely translated as Joint Cooperation Schools, which most former National Plus and International schools best fit into.

One issue that has been bothering a number of school is the decree that all WNI (Indonesian) students must sit for the Ujian Nasional exams. The problem with this is that many students in SPK schools are studying IB or Cambridge exams, and the subjects do not match, the content of many subjects is different, and that the timing of the exams overlaps or clashes with their IB or CIE exams.

At a meeting early last year at Ghandi Memorial School, Professor Nizam assured us that students could just chose which exams that wanted to do, based on the subjects they were studying, eg: English, BI, Maths, Science and maybe that’s just it. However, without the relevant written legislation or orders from DIKNAS many schools were understandably nervous about this issue.

We now have the written evidence or circular that this is ok, 0067-Surat-Edaran-SPK-Dinas-Pendidikan

Which is great news for many SPK schools. However, if you read that carefully you will note that we now have two types of SPK schools;

A) SPK yang berasal dari sekolah nasional jenjang SMA

B) SPK yang berasal dari sekolah internasional jenjang SMA

in other words, those that used to be International, and those that did not.

So my school is obliged to follow item 4, and students still have to sit for BI, Maths, English plus 3 other subjects.

So Indonesia does not have any international schools, but we do have schools derived from international schools, and those that are not.

 

Go figure!

 

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About Pak Liam

Living, teaching and traveling in Asia.
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