The verdict of Constitutional Court (MK) regarding the abolishment of Internationally Standardized School (RSBI) is supported by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi). Even though RSBI is abolished, Jokowi believes that education quality in the capital city is already at a high level.
“I agree (the abolishment of RSBI), because it is too expensive. Without RSBI, education quality in Jakarta is already at a high level,” stated Jokowi in between his inspection at Blok M Terminal, South Jakarta, Tuesday (1/8).
To keep education quality at a high level, Jakarta Provincial Government will improve the available human resources. Besides, schools’ structures and infrastructures must also be upgraded. “The teachers’ quality must be improved including the schools’ facilities, such as library, laboratory, and teaching aid,” he uttered.
Jokowi deemed the cost needed to enroll at RSBI schools is too expensive. Costly tuition fee does not guarantee that the quality will always be good. “Expensive cost does not guarantee that the (education) quality will be good if the human resources are not ready yet. The readiness of the human resources implementing the programs must also be at appropriate level,” he explained.
According to Jokowi, the budget allocated for education in Jakarta is enormous at Rp 12 trillion. So, the education quality must be good. “We have big budgets in education, so the education quality, physical infrastructures construction, and facilities must be complete,” he said.
As known, Constitutional Court granted the motion to materially test Article 50 verse 3 Statute No. 20/2003 about National Education System (UU Sisdiknas). The verdict is related to the abolishment of RSBI in Indonesia.
Head of Constitutional Court, Mahfud MD, told that Article 50 verse (3) Statute No. 20/2003 about National Education System is contradicted with 1945 Constitutional Law (UUD) and does not have binding legal power. With the article being cancelled, it means that RSBI must be dissolved. “The existing RSBIs return to be regular schools again. The cost charged due to RSBI status must also be cancelled,” he informed.
According to Mahfud, RSBI is vulnerable to discrimination and is causing the forming of caste in education. This is because only students from privileged families could enroll at RSBI schools. Moreover, the use of English language at RSBI schools is deemed to be a betrayal to Youth Vows in the year of 1928 which expressed that Indonesians should only use Bahasa as their language. Therefore, all schools in Indonesia must use Indonesian language in their teachings.