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Teaching in Indonesia May Be Out Next Year!

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by fleetingsound, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Teaching in Indonesia May Be Out Next Year!
    In 2013 an alarming education policy will take effect in Indonesia. The new legislation, Peraturan Pemerintah Republik Indonesia Nomor 17 tahun 2010, has far-reaching implications for international educators wishing to teach in Indonesia. Here are the basics of the legislation as explained to ***:

    1. ?National Plus Schools? [nat'l curriculum + internat'l curriculum, eg: Cambridge] will now be called ?International Schools.? This means that for every foreign teacher there must be 3 local Indonesian teachers. Foreign teachers will only be allowed to teach English and NOthing more, as all other subjects will be taught by locals.

    2. Schools currently called ?International Schools? will become ?Foreign Schools.? NO Indonesian citizens will be allowed to attend these schools.

    It appears international teachers in Indonesia will be relegated to teaching ESL. If this bill affects your plans, please join us here on the Indonesia Education Legislation Blog to share information and ideas on this topic with other international educators.

  2. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Hmmm, I find this hard to believe. Recent new laws in Indoneisa have encouraged foreign investment and the retention of foreigners by making citizenship and property ownership possible for those having lived here for 3 years or married a local. Further, the mass of foreign companies with workers and families would simply not accept the suggested standards of education, resulting in an exodus and loss of specialist workforce. However I have heard that future staff will be required to have taught for 3 years and there will need to be of a certain age.
    If not, having recently signed a new contract, which lasts for another two years, one suspects I'd be the most well paid ESL teacher in the world.[​IMG]
  3. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    I read this differently. Seems to me Indonesian politicians are eager to keep Indonesian students out of international schools. The renaming of standard international schools to foreign schools suggests there will be schools for expatriate workers and their families in the future, but simply indonesian students will not attend. This should make the true international schools more independent from government interference.
    Nothing to get to worried about if you are in an international school with expat clients; if you are in a school with locals as clients this will impact you. I disagree that it "won't go through." Malaysia tried something similar years back; although they have back-tracked recently there's nothing to suggest it won't happen.
    Asian countries need to invest strongly in their education if they are going to continue the growth they have seen in previous years and many go about it in the wrong way. I think the way to stop locals going into international schools is to make the alternative more appealing, rather than enforcing a block.

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