Implementing New Curriculum; Is it A Good Way to Do ?
Education does become a major concern and attention for government. As in nowadays era, this has also put forward several significance thoughts from professionals in education to implement new systems in Indonesia, which of course leads to a better condition. For instance, implementing new curriculum has become the ministry of education and culture’s straight forward plan over the past three years. In this year, 2013, this should have implemented in all school throughout the country, Indonesia. On another front, some debates on whether this new curriculum will succeed or not appears from teachers, educational experts, politicians and so on. They contend that many teachers are not even ready for the new curriculum, as they have insufficient quality. Even if some people feel that the implementation of this curriculum will not succeed, many still believe that this is a good way to improve quality of education in Indonesia.
People claim that teachers who are not ready are the problem to implement this curriculum. Additionally, the school doesn’t further provide training for the teachers regarding this new curriculum. Certainly, this puts them severely under misperception about the curriculum purposes. However, this statement is no longer acceptable, as in fact, some schools even many schools over Indonesia today are doing such training for teachers about the curriculum. The ministry of education and culture affair, Moh. Nuh, has also cooperated with several Indonesia universities in each province to help training those teachers gradually. I think, this is enough to show how the work and effort of Moh. Nuh comes into account related to this training. On another front, teachers in East Java Province are deemed ready to welcome this new curriculum. Aside form that, Syaifullah Yusuf, simply called as Gus Ipul, has stated that the training conducted really helps teachers to be more skillful about the curriculum.
Another critic comes from politician in House of Representative, Jakarta. Clearly, they claim that reducing subjects (as this what the new curriculum does) in the class will lead to inadequate skills that students might undergo in the future. They further add an example such as English language which in elementary level is abolished. Students will find it hard to master English in their primary and secondary school level as they are not taught English earlier in young age. Yet, such statement and example are invalid. Factually, reducing subjects has no mean to abolish. This means creating an integrity in the class and school time. More importantly, this gesture will lead students to spend their time effectively and efficiently in the class during the teaching and learning process. They have no need to focus on such many subjects which only make them baffled. Isn’t better to have fewer subjects with more focus rather that many but less focus. Furthermore, English can be learned outside the school time. Several English courses are enough to provide the students insight about English, as this allows them to have more time in English. This gesture is done only for the quality of students in our country Indonesia.
Knowing these debates makes us, university students, think deeply how e can position ourselves in a right place whether we agree or oppose this new curriculum. But, as the facts mentioned above such ample training done for all teachers over Indonesia as well as reducing inappropriate subjects for the students suffice to show you all that implementing this new curriculum is highly appreciated. Additional point, the new curriculum does teach students to compete internationally, to focus on their skill of certain subject, and to improve their patriotism and nationalism of their country, Indonesia. Therefore, in my opinion, the government has no need no to implement this new curriculum. Doing so will hamper more the quality of education in our country improves. Thus, through this support, the new curriculum is indeed significant to run in our education of 2013.