Indonesia needs huge demand for certified teachers: Education Ministry

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The demand for certified teachers is very large, director general of teachers and education workers at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Iwan Syahril, highlighted at an online media briefing on Monday.

“However, this demand is not met with the number of teachers who became the participants of Teacher Education (PPG),” he added.

In 2022, the number of teachers who retired reached 70 thousand. However, the number of teachers and teacher candidates who participate in the PPG program stood at only 30 thousand, he noted.

This is despite the fact that a teacher’s prosperity and management are secured by participating in the PPG program, he said.

“This PPG aims to improve teachers’ prosperity,” he added.

University graduates who participate in the PPG program have no cause for concern because the government has continued to increase the number of open spots for teachers.

In 2021, the government announced 506 thousand open spots for contract-based government employees (PPPK) in teaching. However, 117 thousand spots were not filled.

According to ministry official Lukman, currently, there are more than 1.2 million teachers who do not have an educators’ certificate.

“In addition to many teachers who do not have educators’ certificates, there are also many from the Education Workers Educator Institution (LPTK) who are not capable to serve the need for teacher certification each year,” he added.

These people, as the organizers of PPG, need to improve their skills in designing innovative learning, he said.

In addition, Syahril lauded teachers who have passed the recruitment phase and regional governments that have already finished the PPPK Main Number.

He said he expects PPPK teachers to improve their spirit in providing guidance to students in order to create a bright future generation.

Source: Antara News