#EngTalk: Improving Education System

Happy National Education Day! Selamat Hari Pendidikan Nasional, everyone! One of my wishes for this year’s #Hardiknas is that may we contain the pandemic soon so students and teachers can go back to school in person.

I realise this is a delicate and complicated situations with the risk of students being infected while at school, but I guess we can agree that at the moment, remote learning is not yet on a par with in person attendance.

With that being said, we’d like to invite you to share what your thoughts are on Indonesian educational system and what you would suggest to improve it.

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For a start, I wish students would not have to upload their assignments to social media platforms that can be easily accessed by the general public, as it can pose a threat to their privacy. Private links accessible by the teachers are preferred.

Secondly, many teachers are still earning less than minimum wages, with sometimes the payment being delayed for months. This is definitely something that needs to be fixed.

Now, on to the more practical side. I notice that we are still focusing on ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘true’ or ‘false’ thinking, while the world often presents multi-dimensional situations. Instead, we should give the same attention to the ‘whys’ and ‘hows.’ This will allow students to elaborate their arguments and start thinking from many different perspectives, as well as cultivating critical thinking.

Social media and schools should not be two different, opposing entities. Instead, educational bodies can actively encourage students on how to use social media safely. This could also involve fact-checking to reduce the spread of hoaxes and disinformation.

Next, we have counselor office at school, but if I remember correctly from my school days, being sent to counselor office almost always meant a punishment or a warning letter to give our parents. I just wish that students would actually be confident to open up to the counselors about any issues they are facing, without the fear of being judged. Who knows, a student can secretly be a victim of bullying or can have problems at home with no one to turn to.

It’s also important to bring up discussion about mental and physical health, including our bodily functions. Some discussions are still deemed as taboos, leaving students searching information from non-reliable sources.

The last but not least, education should not only be about results (e.g., marks or grades), but also process. All of these require hard work, for sure, but with commitments from parents, the government, and the educational bodies, we can do this.

Leave us some comments on what you would suggest to improve our educational system.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 2 May 2021.

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