The Quality of Education in Indonesia Is Still Low

The education system in Indonesia is large and diverse with more than 50 million students and 2.6 million teaching staff spread across more than 250,000 schools in Indonesia. This has made Indonesia a country with the 4th largest education system in the world (after China, India and America).

However, despite the enormous efforts of the government in developing the education system in Indonesia, it turns out that education is still not spread evenly because there are still limited access in Indonesia.


In fact, based on data from the 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, UNESCO, the quality of Indonesian education still needs to be improved better than other countries.

In fact, the teacher plays an important role in shaping the character of a generation, especially a nation. For this reason, support from all parties, including the private sector, is needed in providing support to the government to advance education in Indonesia both directly and indirectly.

Najelaa Shihab, Psychologist and Educator, said that education needed to bring each and every Indonesian child to his goal.

"As a nation, we have a big goal not only as an intellectual achievement or ensuring work, but also to develop human potential as a whole in various aspects of development," explained Najelaa in the Cikini area, Jakarta, recently.

At present, continued Najelaa, Indonesian education needs accelerated repairs, this is not only the responsibility of the government or students and teachers in schools but we all need to take part.

"Many communities and educational organizations, also individuals who choose to volunteer, work together for education," he said.

The hope is that more innovation and collaboration will occur between the government, corporations, organizations and the public who care that education remains relevant to the challenges of the times. The teaching-learning process must always place students as subjects, teachers need to humanize relationships in carrying out their roles.

Najelaa said, we all adults around children need to continue to be role models in facilitating children based on their needs, providing support and successful experiences, implementing empathetic communication.

"Hopefully all and every child in Indonesia will get access to and quality of education," he concluded.