Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Nadiem Makarim Named Minister;Academics Asked to Not Take Offense



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -  Head of the Association of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI), Jimly Asshiddiqie, called for academicians to not be offended by President Jokowi’s naming of Nadiem Makarim as this term’s Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs. 

    “I suggest the campus world to not take offense in the naming [of Nadiem],” said Jimly on Thursday, October 24. 

    His statement comes after the fact that the Gojek founder and former CEO, Nadiem Makarim, does not come from the academic world. 

    Jimly then asked the public to respect the decision that has been taken by President Joko Widodo and continue to closely monitor the performances of Jokowi’s second-term Cabinet in their first 100-days. 

    He also advised Nadiem to establish communication with his Ministry’s internal members and people from external sources.

    Nadiem had made public what he thinks convinced the president to appoint him as Minister of Education. He believes that the crucial matter of his naming is that, despite the lack of experience in the education sector, he is believed to be able to comprehend and understand what challenges the future will bring upon developing schools for 50,000 students. 

    “Once again, this is the vision of Bapak President Jokowi, and not mine personally,” said Nadiem.