Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Education for a Better Nation

By Azys Syaiful Anwar

“Pendidikan nasional berfungsi mengembangkan kemampuan dan membentuk watak serta peradaban bangsa yang bermartabat dalam rangka mencerdaskan kehidupanbangsa, bertujuan untuk berkembangnya potensi peserta didik agar menjadi manusiayang beriman dan bertakwa kepada Tuhan Yang Maha Esa, berakhlak mulia, sehat,berilmu, cakap, kreatif, mandiri, dan menjadi warga negara yang demokratis sertabertanggung jawab.”(National education system of Indonesia, law No. 20 year 2003 chapter 3)

As written on the quotation above, education has several functions -such as developing ability, skill or capability of Indonesian and creating a nation with great characteristic and value- in order to make a smarter generation of Indonesia. In addition, national education aims to improve the students’ potential. Therefore, educated students will have religious value, positive moral, healthy body, knowledge, proficiency, creative, and independent. Besides, they can be good citizens who are democratic and having responsibility to their nation.

Since education is one of the main needs of Indonesia, each person has a right to get proper education. Indonesia government has a program, ‘wajib belajar Sembilan tahun’, aimed to have Indonesian study at least for nine years (from elementary to junior high school). However, people need to fulfill this program with their own money.

The recent issue say that government make the school cost to be free. It is like a good policy which may helps people to obtain education. Unfortunately, several schools may still have expensive operational cost which they put upon their students. Likewise, students still need to pay work sheet book (Lembar Kerja Siswa) which is required for each lesson. It seems that expensive is still be image of a school.

Education is an important matter that can influence the progress of a nation. In a simple explanation education can help to create smarter societies which are able to give contribution to their nation. As a result, government has big duty to bring their education to be better from year to year.


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