The following stories talk about the subject ‘Education’.
Comparative charts of Indonesian economic development indicators, or why Malaysia is just better.
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Reading Ambassador (Duta Baca Indonesia), television celebrity Tantowi Yahya said at the proclamation event in Pontianak for the "West Kalimantan Reads" movement that Indonesians were not voracious readers for largely reasons of poverty:
"Above all it's based on economic factors, on whether families can afford to buy books and newspapers."
Poor families would naturally prioritise food, school fees, and school textbooks, over the purchase of recreational reading material.
He suggested two methods to ameliorate the problem:
Tantowi Yahya extolling the virtues of reading
However on at least the first point - libraries - Tantowi said Indonesia still had very far to go in providing adequate public facilities, and that most regional government heads had little interest in developing library facilities:
How many local politicians campaign on building up library infrastructure?
The example of Riau has to be followed in other regions.
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The woeful English speaking skills of Indonesian beauty pageant contestants.
A Christian short stay type complex in Cisarua, Bogor is burned to the ground by the 'Puncak Line'.
Criteria for passing in Depok schools, Ujian Nasional test results plus religious knowledge.
State imposed religiosity and conformity, or freedom from woeful ignorance of holy texts.
Problematic religious schools on Java, which ones and police monitoring of them.
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