As Indonesian students, most of us feel that Indonesia’s education system still has so many deficiencies; from facilities to lessons. Students often complaining about these problems, yet things don’t get better. In our eyes, the government keep making our education system more complicated which makes the students feel burdened by this. It has made many students, and some teachers too, think about how Indonesia’s education system should be made so that it will bring enjoyment for both teachers and students in teaching and being taught. And below are some opinions of mine about how our education system should have been.
Firstly, in my way of thinking, we should not be forced to learn dozens of subject; instead, I think we better follow the other countries whose students just study things or subjects they want because every student has their own specialties. That way, students must not feel burdened and would obviously enjoy their study in school. Compared to our education system, even since we were in kindergarten, we have already been taught to read, to write and do math, while mostly developed countries have kindergartens for place toddlers can play and totally having fun. From the fact above, we can simply conclude that Indonesia’s students have been burdened even since we were toddlers who were supposed to feel no stress at all and having fun a lot.
Learning too much kind of subjects also lead to such long study time at school. Usually, Indonesian students—especially junior and senior high students—have their school started around six to seven o’clock and ended in late afternoon. Moreover, they can possibly be arrived home in evening because of extra-classes or courses. Even many students say that it is like they leave for school right after sunrise and go back home when the sun sets. This depicts how we, as students, are physically tired. So, this also supports the reason why we should not be taught so many subjects in school.
Besides, we should not be given too much homework. I bet we should not elaborate much about this because we definitely know the reason why. As I have mentioned in the previous paragraph, we have already been tired physically because we have stayed in school for about twelve hours, or even more. So, it will actually just make things worse if teachers give us too much homework with their deadly deadlines. However, sometimes we cannot just blame the teachers regarding to this but the government itself. Why? It is because they are who made the curriculum be so complicated and burdening. If we compare the other countries again, it seems like the students do not really look stressed by school and it probably because they are not given as much homework as we are. That is why we often find Indonesian students sighing about how stressing, tiring and burdening their schools are.
However, as students, we cannot only think about the negative impact of Indonesia’s education system we have felt, but we also have to think that the teachers may also feel the negative impact. One of it is about their salary, which seems to be the biggest problem out of all. They are supposed to teach their students diligently and well, but they are not respected financially. Though teachers are often called as “unsung heroes”, they still also make their professions as their source of income and it is the government’s responsibility to solve this problem.
In brief, we can see that Indonesia’s education system still lacks in many things. However, we should not only see the negativity of one thing. Let’s just keep studying hard and less complaining about the burdens because everything must have its own lessons. Probably the hardship and fatigue we feel might lead us to know ourselves more and help us to decide what we want to be in the future. However, we still hope that the government could improve our education system to be much better and less burdening.