Indonesia to end teaching of English in primary schools

The teaching of English in Indonesia’s primary schools will end next year as the government attempts to reverse falling standards in Bahasa Indonesia.

Deputy education and culture minster Musliar Kasim announced an overhaul of the curriculum that will see English classes cease by July. He told the Jakarta Post newspaper that students need more time to master their first language.

“Elementary schools won’t have English lessons because [students] haven’t learned to understand the Indonesian language. Now even some kindergarten students take English courses. I pity the kids,” Musliar said.

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3 replies

  1. Personally I think this is a counter-productive move. Already now Indonesians have a great disadvantage vis-a-vie for instance Malaysia for not speaking English so well. Indonesia is supposed to come up economically a lot in the near future and will need as many English speakes as possible.

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