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Jakarta Globe: East Kalimantan Puts Pressure On Teachers To Get Degrees

posted Sep 5, 2012, 3:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 3:17 AM ]
East Kalimantan Puts Pressure On Teachers To Get Degrees 
Tunggadewa Mattangkilang | August 31, 2012

The East Kalimantan education agency revealed on Thursday that 24,000 teachers there lack a bachelor’s degree of any kind, prompting concerns over the quality of education in the resource-rich province. 

The figure is nearly half of East Kalimantan’s 52,631 teachers, ranging from elementary school to high school. Of the 24,000 teachers without a degree, 12,267 only finished high school, while the rest have diplomas. 

Provincial education agency chief Musyahrim said his office was aiming to improve standards, sending teachers to universities in East Kalimantan and East Java. 

“Within three years, all teachers in East Kalimantan must have a [bachelor’s] degree. Based on this decision, starting in 2016, if there are still teachers who don’t have a degree, they will not be allowed to teach. Those teachers will be reassigned as administrative clerks,” he said.