Madrasas included in National Education Bill: Minister

The draft law on the national education system has given great attention to ecosystems (Islamic educational units). The nomenclature of madrasas and Islamic boarding schools is also included in the body and articles of the bill on the national education system

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Madrasas under the authority of the Ministry of Religious Affairs will remain included in the bill on the national education system, according to the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology , Nadiem Anwar Makarim.

There is no desire or plan to remove madrasas or other forms of educational units from the national education system, he said.

In a joint written statement with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, here on Wednesday, he dismissed the idea as absurd and said it had never crossed their minds.

Minister Makarim stressed that schools and madrasas will essentially remain a part of the educational institutions regulated by the revised National Education System Bill.

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He said they offered flexibility, as the law would not limit educational units based on their type or titles.

Later, specific names such as Elementary School (SD) and Madrasah Ibtidaiyah (MI), Junior High School (SMP) and Madrasah Tsanawiyah (Mts), or High School (SMA), Vocational High School (SMK) and Madrasah Aliyah ( MA) would no longer be set in stone, which is the law, as a form of that flexibility.

Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said his ministry has continued to work with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology since the start of the review process of the bill.

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“The National Education System Bill has given great attention to ecosystems (Islamic educational units). The nomenclature of madrasas and Islamic boarding schools is also included in the body and articles of the National Education System Bill. national education,” he added.

Qoumas said he believes that by promoting independence and flexibility in the National Education System Bill, the quality of learning for all students in Indonesia will improve.

“The quality of our education system will also improve in the future,” he added.

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