Photo illustration: Novita Eka Syaputri
This article is part of the Teachers' Notes series on "What the beginning teachers would change if given the opportunity to transform regulations or policies in the field of education".
Civil servant enrolment today is open for both certified and non-certified teachers.
In my opinion, only certified teachers should be allowed to apply as civil servant. If this policy applies, improvement in both learning and student quality will be quicker. Judging by the number of universities offering the Teacher Professional Education (PPG) programme as well as the number of its graduates, I think this policy is not difficult to apply.
I've heard that the civil servant appointment will be based on the ranking of the basic competency selection scores. I hope this is not true. I hope certified teachers are prioritised to be appointed as civil servants even though their scores are not at the top of the list.
Indeed, everyone hopes to become a civil servant, but for teachers, priority should be given to those who have obtained teaching certificate. As one of the teachers who have completed the PPG programme for two semesters, I have higher hope.
During a pandemic like this, the government's focus has shifted from civil servant recruitment. But, my hopes remain. I hope the government will soon implement the policy I am hoping for.
*This Note was written by RY, a primary school teacher in West Java.
**All articles published in the Teachers' Notes are the views of the authors. They have been edited for popular writing purposes and do not represent the views of RISE Programme in Indonesia or RISE's funders.