PGRI: Indonesia Lacks Teachers

Posted on February 19, 2013

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Koran Tempo, Page A7

Indonesia needs to have at least 600,000 more civil servant (PNS) teachers to teach at the primary education level, Sulistiyo, chairman of the Teachers Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI), said in a public discussion on curriculum in Jakarta yesterday. On the same occasion, Syawal Gultom, head of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Educational Personnel Development and Education Quality Bureau, said that Indonesia did not lack teachers and that the problem facing the country has been uneven distribution of teachers. The problem is not just a shortage of teachers but also low quality of teachers, said Retno Listyarti of the Indonesian Federation of Teachers Unions (FSGI) quoting a 2011 World Bank research that indicated Indonesian teachers’ quality was the lowest in Asia. She attributed the quality problem to the government’s lack of commitment and effort in providing proper training for teachers.

PGRI: Indonesia Lacks Teachers

PGRI: Indonesia Lacks Teachers

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