School is become one of the essential part of modern people’s life , it almost as important as primary needs in today’s world, at least this how most of the Medanese parent thought.
I have heard many about parent who complained the expensive of school fee. Some of the parent even cut their daily needs spending in order to send their children to school. Some even borrow money from somewhere either relatives or friends only to send their kids to better school.
In Indonesia we have many types of school and it kind of headache when decided where the kids will be sent to…
School can be divided in many types, the public / government school (Sekolah Negri) own by the government, the private school (Sekolah Swasta) own by the corporate or private, International school own by the private or foreigner, The Madrasah (Islamic school), The Catholic school, The Buddhist school, etc.
Due to my experienced…
It is very important to choose right / suitable school for the kids no matter regarding the curriculum, the facilities, the teachers competency, the school fees, the environment, etc.
When I was in my preschool and Primary school (grade 1- 6) my parent sent me to Private school because I was living in county side. In my living area, there only two types of school the Private and Public (government). My parent chosen to send me to Private school after considered with many reasons, one of it Racist. People who live in Indonesia during Soeharto (2nd president) regime knew very well how the discrimination and racism happened in that time, especially for Non-native Indonesia such as Chinese, Indian, Westerners, etc.
In order to have better school environment and life, my parent decided to send me study in Private school where I mingle with the Chinese, Indian or the mixed – race kids. It rare to find Native Indonesian who study in Private school in my area during the preschool and primary school.
Although I was studying at Private school, my school has five religions subject to choose not alike Madrasah or Catholic school. Even Indonesia admitted five (now six) religions but still the dominant always Islamic, Christian and Buddhist as religion subject at school.
When my family had better financial “condition”, we moved to the city. My parent sent me to International school because they hope me to have better education for better future and be competitive.
This is the most important part to consider when choosing where kids should be sent to. Government has already set the curriculum standard every year for schools in Indonesia through the Ministry of Education but practically the school curriculum might different from one to others.
For example, when I was studied in private school in county side, my school had additional subject such as Arabic, Japanese and Dutch. which actually different from the other school which my friend (who went to same study course/bimbel/kursus but different school because she studied in Catholic school)
My school in county side did not have any extracurricular or clubs while the some of the school had it.
School Environment and Majority
I don’t want to be hypocrite about school in Medan, especially. Most of the Chinese and Mixed – race kids won’t enter government school (sekolah negri) because afraid get bullied and discriminated. So most of time private school got stereotypes as Non-Indonesian school because 90% of the students are the Chinese and Mixed-race kids.
Because of some factors, Private school is stereotype as middle upper school, better school environment and safer place for kids while the Government school always stereotypes as middle lower school, bad environment, etc.
Actually Government school is not bad as older generation described but because of the racist and discrimination and also majority, the younger generation has already create kind of “opinion”
While International School always described as high class school filled with rich generation. In International school, the kids are come from different races with one similarity which is their parent must be rich people. why? simple because the school fees in International School are higher times compare to Private and Government school.
“The most expensive then it must be the best”
This is one of the well-known quotes for the Medanese. Since International school is the most expensive school then it has the best facilities. I can’t deny this reality because I had experienced it before. I remembered when I was in county side, my class only had 20 – 30 students for every grade and each class while in international school they had at least 40 students for each classes and grades so that they had like class 1-A /1-1, 1-B/1-2 (means grade one class A or 1).
In my county side school, we were only had one basketball field which used as multi-function facility such as running, table tennis, basketball and every Monday morning we are having flag ceremony in same field. While in International school they had at least two fields, swimming pool, Big Hall, multi-function hall and field for flag ceremony, labs such as Chemistry, Biology, computer, etc.
School Competency, Teacher quality
Government school always stereotypes as school that have the poorest teacher quality because many of the teacher aren’t get well paid so the quality is bad. Since the teacher quality is bad, how can be expected to have good school competency. I heard sometimes the teacher only came to school only to fill their attendance but not teaching the students. They are taking free-salary (gaji buta) because teaching nothing.
Private School has better teacher quality since the school fee little bit expensive and also it own by the private so the Teacher get better paid compare to government school. Besides that teachers in private school also get monitored and evaluated so they are working harder to teach the students.
International School as the most expensive school has the best teacher quality among all since the teacher is imported from foreign country (foreigner). The student also speak more than two languages in school environment and little bit irony because they used English as first language at school rather than Bahasa Indonesia which is the National Language.
So that’s all about school in Indonesia during my time LOLS. I don’t know whether it has changed or remained same. Since I had left school so long.
How’s about your school in your country or your place where you live?