What Do You Think About “Merdeka Belajar”?

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

Indonesia’s new education minister, mas Nadiem Anwar Makarim has created a program that will be applied in 2021. The program’s name was Merdeka Belajar. It has 4 programs to increase student skill and it modifies some of the old rules to become effective, such as USBN (Ujian Sekolah Berbasis Nasional) changed to assessment, UN (Ujian Nasional) changed to Asesmen Kompetensi and Survey Karakter, RPP (Rencana Pelaksanaan Pembelajaran) or lesson plan writing has summarized into one sheet of paper, and zone-based school recruitment system upgraded to be more flexible.

some of the programs here are better to be applied except for one, the zone-based school recruitment system. this method arguably became the worst method for selecting new students. An expert in Center for Indonesian Policy Studies stated that there is inequilibrium between the schools’ capacity and the amount of the registrant. Noted from republik.co.id, aside from the drawbacks of it, this program would increase the effectiveness of the schools’ registration system. It helps the school to automatically filter the student and place them in a school. Not only that, this system also helps the government to evenly distribute good students so they can increase the quality of the school with ease.

in conclusion, every regulation has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is up to us to think that this regulation is good or bad for our country. One thing sure, the governments have gone through a lot of discussion for making this regulation.

Written by Ahmad Zaqqi Fuat.

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