Teachers' Notes

Education Policy in Indonesia

Since I first became a teacher in 2016, until now 2020, education policies in Indonesia have been through several changes. Some policies that I think should be frowned upon are the national exam, the mandatory lesson plan, and the pay difference between civil servant teachers and contract teachers.

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Give Students a Chance

If I were given the opportunity to transform regulations or policies in the field of education, I would change the way of assessing knowledge, which has been in the form of conventional questions (multiple choices, short entries, descriptions, and others). The existing mode is all right but does not fully measure the breadth of student knowledge, how well their problem-solving skills are, and how creative they are in answering questions or solving problems.

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Adjustment to the Learning from Home Policy

The latest educational policy enacted by the government is the Learning from Home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I think the policy is good enough for a time like this, but the system to control and evaluate students must be improved to maintain their character and integrity. The Learning from Home policy should continue, but it needs to also include in-person learning at the schoolyard with a strict health protocol at least once a week.

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The Challenge of Becoming a Professional Teacher

According to the rules, a professional teacher has to master four competencies: pedagogical competence, social competence, professional competence, and personality competence. Proof that a teacher has mastered the four competencies is to have a teaching certificate that matches their teaching field. I am a qualified teacher as I have met the mentioned criteria, yet I still face challenges in my role as a professional teacher.

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Feeling Discouraged Because of the Prospective Civil Servant Test Result

At the end of 2019, the civil servant enrolment was opened. Being a non-permanent teacher, I was excited about the news, especially because I already obtained my teaching certificate. The selection test was scheduled to begin in 2020. I prepared for the test by meeting the administrative requirements and buying books to study.

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Learning to Cope with Pressures

Being a teacher in a national plus school (a school that offers education beyond the minimum requirements of the national Indonesian accreditation authorities) requires extra energy physically, in teaching, in behaving, and in understanding each student's character. It is not surprising that teachers in national plus schools face more pressure than teachers in government-funded schools.

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