Third Presidential Debate, Uno Promises More Exploration
National Wining Team of Subianto-Uno explain their strategy for Third Debate. Photo by TheInsiderStories.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The issues of education, health, employment and social culture will be the theme of the debate for the three 2019 president and vice presidential candidates. The debate scheduled for March 17 will bring together vice presidential candidate Ma’ruf Amin versus Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

Each winning team of the two camps is preparing a precise strategy that will be presented at the debate. The opposition faction, the Subianto-Uno National Winning Team, affirmed the maturity of the camp’s preparation and strategy in this third debate.

“Our main focus is actually three. The economy is the foundation, then the quality of education is qualified and globally competitive, as well as people’s health, said Faldo Maldini, one of the national winning teams of Subianto-Uno, in Jakarta, Thursday (02/28).

For the sake of the third debate, Maldini continued, their team will focus on the explanation of the issue of education. Uno will be encouraged to be more exploration and detailed to explain the problem of education in Indonesia, he added.

The most fundamental thing that will be considered by opposition is increasing human resources (HR). According to Subianto-Uno, education means improving the quality of HR. The quality HR is far more important than our natural resources.

“If we look at Japan and Korea, there are not many natural resources. But with the quality of their human resources, they can develop advanced civilizations. So, don’t be too proud of the natural resources that we have if the quality of our human resources is still poor,” Maldini said.

In an effort to improve the quality of education in Indonesia, Maldini continued, there were seven big points that would become the focus of Subianto-Uno if they won the 2019 Presidential Election:

First, build a national education system that promotes the formation of national character. Uno will introduce an “eight main character” education model, which is religious, moral, healthy, intelligent and creative, hard work, discipline and orderly, independent, useful.

Maldini stressed his team will promote character education in all levels of society, government, media and educational institutions. Therefore, the control of all broadcast media / online media content will be strengthened from all shows that damage the nation’s character.

Second, the National Examination is only one of the graduation standards. The test only measures a little student ability, not measuring the educated level of a student. Let the teachers judge whether the student is worthy of graduation or not. It’s not just cigarettes that slogans can put on the dangers. We must consider installing danger slogans on the national examination.

“National exams can cause depression, frustration, fraudulent behavior, injustice and demeaning teachers,” he explained.

Quality human beings do not have to be born from formal education at school. Education in the real sense can be obtained from experience, environment, role models, reading, practice, listening to lectures, discussions, etc. The best education can even be from home.

Third, develop and improve the quality of vocational schools in all fields of expertise that are in accordance with Indonesia’s demographic and geographical character as an agricultural and maritime country, including fields of expertise in agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, forestry and maritime affairs, industry, tourism, information technology, including revitalization vocational training centers.

Fourth, focus on teacher quality. The biggest factor for the success or failure of education is the teacher. Because from the teacher, students can get knowledge, moral education and example. It’s useless if you make a curriculum as good as anything if the teacher can’t convey it well to students.

We need to prepare qualified teachers. Teachers who have taught must be given training to improve their quality. Don’t even keep the teacher busy with a complicated bureaucracy. Appoint honorary teachers as soon as possible regularly and honorary workers become civil servants, including under the Ministry of Religion and others, impose minimum wages for the category of private teachers, communication parks, Madrasas and Foundations, improve the welfare of lecturers, researchers and extension agents, and use efficiency education budget in order to improve the quality of education.

Fifth, freeing the shackles of education by using information technology. With email, we can overcome the distribution of UN questions that are late easily. With the internet, the coordination of the central government with teachers in the regions will be easier, scientific resources are easily accessible. Paper use can be reduced by the presence of digital books.

Sixth, stop the politicization and commercialization of education. Various groups must have a vision in the development of education in Indonesia. Education should not be used as a political toy for officials. However, this educational problem must be left to experts in their fields. With the new 2013 curriculum there will certainly be a lot of socialization, training and new books published. This is very prone to corruption.

In addition, every person in Indonesia must be able to access the world of education whether they have a fee or not. Schools that refuse disadvantaged students must be given strict sanctions by the government.

Finally, increasing the availability of university capacity, standardizing quality, increasing the average length of schooling for Indonesian students, and facilitating access to higher education. Encouraging universities to develop research and science that supports development strategies, community welfare and national cultural strategies.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexynantu@gmail.com