Govt to Train 1.7 Million Teachers in New Curriculum
The Education and Culture Ministry will train 1.7 million teachers ahead of the implementation of the country’s new controversial school curriculum next year, an official said Thursday.
Syawal Gultom, who heads the ministry’s education human resource development and quality control, said that training will be conducted by a select number of core teachers and nationally certified instructors.
“We are trying to start training teachers [beginning] in May 2014,” Syawal said, adding that the training will be for both state schools and private institutions.
Core teachers will be instructors and headmasters who have been recognized for their performance at the provincial level and trainers from the education Quality Control Institution.
However, he added that the figure of 1.7 million was still a target, and the actual number will depend on funding and legislative approval.
Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has said that the new curriculum, which currently has only been implemented at a select number of Indonesia’s 6,326 state schools, will be applied nationwide in mid-2014, though only for select grades.
Syawal said that the training sessions will be held at each participating school for five days.
Ministry data shows that in 2013, a total of 4,730 core teachers and 527 national teachers have received training to instruct other teachers about the new curriculum. The data also shows that 55,762 teachers have been trained for the new curriculum.
Dartmaningtyas, an observer of educational affairs from the Yogyakarta Taman Siswa School, said that if the government really wants to implement the curriculum nationwide next year, then it must move forward with training as soon as possible.
“It will be impossible to train every teacher if we do not start now,” Darmaningtyas said.
He said that if the application of the new curriculum was weak, “it would become the butt of public jokes.”
He also called on the government to provide equal supervision and monitoring to those schools which have voluntarily put the new curriculum into effect.
Ministry data shows that at least 1,006 other schools in 14 districts and municipalities have voluntarily implemented the revised syllabus.
Indonesia’s new school curriculum cuts the number of subjects taught in a day and drops science, English-language and social studies courses in favor of Indonesian language classes, nationalism and religious studies.
Minister Nuh has argued that the new curriculum will benefit future generations of Indonesians by developing their sense of morality and social responsibility, though he has failed to convince critics and quell mounting opposition to the scheme.