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Education ministry fails students

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Fri, October 17 2014, 8:51 AM
National News

The Education and Culture Ministry has once again become the target of
criticism, this time over the poor quality of school textbooks for the 2013
curriculum, which (RELATIF PRONOUNS) was implemented this year, as well
as late delivery of the materials. (KALIMAT PASIF,PAST TENSE)

Parents have complained that the textbooks, especially those for

elementary school students, are poorly written. (KALIMAT PASIF,PAST

Education observers have found that English texts in the books were
written with the help of Google Translate, resulting in unintelligible sentences,
rife with grammatical errors. (KALIMAT PASIF,PAST TENSE)

Recently, a state senior high school in Aceh filed a complaint with the
ministry after a teacher found material about dating as well as information about
free sex in the physical health textbook.
Soon afterward, parents found that one chapter of a senior high school
textbook discussed possible efforts to establish an Islamic State of Indonesia
Muhammad Abduh Zen, an education expert from Jakarta-based
Paramadina University, said that the errors reflected the incompetence of the
Education and Culture Ministry and the authors commissioned to write the

Abduh also said that some materials were not suitable for students’ level

“In fact, sometimes students receive textbooks that are too complicated for
them to digest. There are still a lot of things that need to be fixed in school
textbooks distributed by the ministry,” Abduh said.(KALIMAT PASIF,PRESENT

He (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) said that the ministry or the textbook

publisher should have assigned a team of well-qualified editors to oversee the
publication of the materials.

Parents in several areas have also urged the ministry to take responsibility
for the late delivery of the textbooks, as the materials had not arrived even three
months into the new school year.

“I don’t live far from Jakarta, but until now my son has yet to receive his
textbook because his (POSSESIVE PRONOUNS) school said that it didn’t have
it (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) yet. How can this possibly happen? They
(PERSONAL PRONOUNS) are already having their midterms now,” Gunawan,
the father of an elementary school student, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said that he (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) had to ask a relative in Riau

to buy the book before sending it (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) to his home in
Bogor, West Java to help his (POSSESIVE PRONOUNS) son prepare for the
midterm exam.

Education expert Itje Chodijah said that the late delivery of the textbooks
could psychologically affect students because they had no guidance as to what
they (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) would study in class.

She (PERSONAL PRONOUNS) said that the books’ late delivery and
subpar contents resulted from the rush in which (RELATIVE PRONOUNS) the
2013 curriculum was implemented.(KALIMAT PASIF,PAST TENSE)

“The curriculum was only drafted in less than a year. Producing a good-
quality textbook requires a considerable amount of time,” Itje said. (KALIMAT

The ministry’s inspector general, Haryono Umar, said however that all
textbooks for the 2013 curriculum had undergone meticulous editing before they
(PERSONAL PRONOUNS) were distributed to schools throughout the country.