TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) urged Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim to resume the zone-based admission system in a bid to enhance the national standard of education in the country.
“The school zoning system is aimed at advancing education quality as well as equally distributing teachers and infrastructure and facilities. This must be begun,” said the body’s commissioner of education Retno Listyarti during an education workshop in Jakarta on Monday, December 9.
Retno said KPAI’s recommendation to continue the system was not only used for the 2019 student enrollment process (PPDB) but also the improvements of various education standards, starting from the curriculum, distribution of teachers, students, up to the quality of the infrastructure and facilities.
According to her, the system implementation was necessary for equitable distribution of quality education so that it was expected to overcome inequality among society.
By the application of this system, Retno went on, the regional government would be encouraged to immediately construct schools and infrastructures.
"If it [schools and infrastructures] is not added, we will likely get public complaints and deal with PPDB issues every year," Retno remarked.
Therefore, KPAI urged the central government i.e. Minister Nadiem Makarim to not only implement the school zoning system for students but also for teachers and education, which would involve at least seven ministries or institutions.