Nadiem Makarim: “Teachers know what is most relevant for their students”

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Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim says that The President wants a curriculum that stimulates students’ competence, instead of mere memorization of information. (photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim has repeated the directives given to him by President Joko Widodo (“Joko­wi”) concerning the latest curricula for formal education. The President wants a curriculum that stimulates students’ competence, instead of mere memorization of information. “As per the President’s directives, the change in the curriculum is not just about change in content. The important thing is simplifi­cation of the curriculum, and the method to explain the lessons must also be different,” he said in his of­fice in Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (06/11/2019).

Nadiem stated that this direc­tive is a huge mass of homework for him, and that it will take quite some time for him before he can satisfy this request. Jokowi’s request needs to be considered thoroughly before being implemented. He said that he needs the help of teachers, “As they are the ones who face the students daily and know what these students need to learn. We need to consider the curriculum properly, and the teachers’ insight is invaluable,” he said.

Nadiem reiterates that his frame­work for perfecting the national ed­ucational system, both in terms of simplification of mechanisms and the change of overall curriculum, refers to the teachers’ need to be able to teach properly. He stated that teachers know best what their students need. “What is my frame­work, my basis for making all sorts of improvements, whether the sim­plification or any other changes in the curriculum? Again, I refer to teachers again. What kind of curric­ulum is the most useful for teach­ers? That’s the key really, because teachers know what is most relevant for their students, how best to teach, etc.,” he said. (des)