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Teacher quality is vitally important, yet lacking in key aspects in Indonesia. Absenteeism is high, with close to 20 percent of teachers absent on a given day in remote areas. The government has increased the qualifications needed to teach, but there is little evidence of differing impact on students between certified and uncertified teachers.
Teaching suffers from poor perception, limited career opportunities and unattractive salaries. A teacher with 10 years of experience can expect to earn 7 percent less than office support staff, while just 2 percent of Indonesian teachers state their school’s Principal is competent in motivating teachers.
As a result of these challenges, top graduates tend to shy away from the profession.
Our report identifies some clear opportunities for improvement in Indonesia through:
- Recognizing that higher salaries do not automatically improve teacher quality
- Focusing on subject knowledge rather than academic qualifications in recruitment
- Training new teachers more effectively and distributing them throughout the country to overcome recruitment challenges in some locations
- Using high prestige programs, such as TeachFirst, to change perceptions, while recognizing that the scale is unlikely to be large enough to change the overall quality of the talent pool
- Using technology with a focus on personalized learning to compensate for shortcomings
- Reduce the number of days teachers take off each year for training, and focus on quality instead of quantity