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Indonesia kicks off 12-year compulsory education program

posted Jun 26, 2013, 1:38 AM by Unknown user
The Education and Culture Ministry launched the 12-year compulsory education program on Tuesday, officially named the Universal Secondary Education (Pendidikan Menengah Universal), to give equal access to education for people between 16 and 18 years old.

The program will phase out the previous nine-year compulsory education program launched in 1994. The 12-year program will officially kick off this new school year in July.

He said the education system needed to adapt to the reality that the country will see an increase in the number of productive-aged youths until 2035 and reap the benefits from them.

“The three major factors to improve the country’s human development index are education, health and income per capita. Education is the engine to improve health and income per capita,” Nuh told a press conference on Tuesday.

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