TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to help improve the quality of education at the vocational schools in the country.
"We need millions of skilled human resources, and therefore, Kadin can help improve the quality of education at the vocational schools," President Jokowi said while opening the 2016 Kadin Leadership National Meeting at the Borobudur Hotel on Thursday.
The president stated that Indonesia will benefit from a demographic bonus after 2020 when the number of people of productive age will be higher than the elderly and children.
The younger generation should continue to build its capacity and capabilities, in accordance with both formal and non-formal education they acquire. Only then will Indonesia be able to take advantage of the demographic bonus.
This demographic bonus will help the development of the creative economy sector in the country.
The greater the number of people of productive age in Indonesia, the more the number of internet users. This will increase the ability and throw up new ideas to create value-added products of high quality.
In the light of this, President Jokowi noted that the quality of education needs to be improved not only for human resources capability but also because it will boost Indonesias morale to compete with other countries.
The head of state explained that the business realm, through Kadin, can play an important role in improving human resources capability to meet the needs of the industry through the vocational schools.
President Jokowi opined that students not only need normative lessons, but also need to taught certain specific technical subjects so that they can master a certain skill.