IO, Bogor – Coordinating Minister of Human and Cultural Development Muhadjir Effendy discusses the fees of part-time teachers in a coordinating meeting with the Regional Leader Coordinating Forum (Forum Koordinasi Pimpinan Daerah – “Forkopimda”). He promises that he would allocate part of educational funds to increase the fees of part-time teachers.
According to him, there are 800,000 part-time teachers distributed all over Indonesia. “We have many problems to deal with that requires the coordination of the Centre and the Regions, especially about the wages of permanent teachers and the fees of part-time teachers,” he said at the Sentul International Convention Center, West Java, on Wednesday (13/11/2019).
Muhadjir stated that his Ministry is making efforts to ensure that the fees for part-time teachers would not be taken from the School Operational Aid (bantuan operasional sekolah – “BOS”) funds, as these funds are already insufficient for current operations in the first place. The Ministry of Human and Cultural Development is currently negotiating with the Ministry of Finance in order to get part-time teacher fees out of educational fund allocation. “We are trying to get part-time teachers’ fees from educational allocation fees,” he said. “After all, BOS funds are insufficient for including decent fees for part-time teachers.”
Other than part-time teachers’ fees, Muhadjir also promised to establish several educational funding programs. In the future, the Government will issue the Smart Indonesia Card (Kartu Indonesia Pintar – “KIP”) not just to Elementary School, Middle School, and High School students, but to college students as well. The Government is also planning to establish more polytechnic schools in order to provide work-ready human resources. “The Government will be creating intervention programs in order to generate more skilled labor,” he said.
Muhadjir then will make sure that the Government will increase the number of productive job opportunities for when these students graduate and enter productive age. “We are bringing in various investments to Indonesia in order to provide sufficient space for Indonesia’s productive age citizens to work in meaningful jobs as well,” he said. (des)