KPAI Suggests Special Curriculum for Emergency School

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) suggested the government design a particular school curriculum in the disaster-affected area considering students have to deal with different circumstances than at a normal school.

    KPAI Commissioner Retno Listyarti said it is unfair if emergency educational center applies the existing national curriculum. “The assessment system and principle of justice for all students cannot be likened between students in an emergency school,” said Retno in her office, Jakarta, Thursday, December 27.

    She explained that the learning process in an emergency school is limited, not to mention its lacking in facilities.

    Based on the observation of KPAI member Susianah Affandy in Palu, Donggala, and Sigi as well as Lombok, the distribution of emergency school infrastructure did not evenly spread. “Only schools under the Ministry of Education and Culture that received aids, contrary to schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs,” she noted.

    Susianah said such a condition occurred because Unicef as the aid distributor synergized with Education and Culture Ministry, leaving the Ministry of Religious Affairs alone.

    Retno continued to say that a particular curriculum is required because children’s psychological condition is still unstable. They experienced trauma as they have to face the disaster. For example in Palu, students did not attend the school for a month.

    According to Retno, KPAI would prioritize a program of particular curriculum for emergency school next year. The commission would communicate the matter with the Ministry of Education and Culture in the wake of a series of disasters occurred in Indonesia.

    VINDRY FLORENTIN