Jakarta Provincial Government directly responding the decision of Constitutional Court (MK) to abolish the International-Standard School (RSBI) by closing all RSBI labels in 49 schools in Jakarta. This is in accordance with the decision result of meeting with 49 headmasters of RSBI throughout Jakarta.
“To respond Constitutional Court’s decision, we decided to close RSBI label in schools. It is a form of fast response from Jakarta Provincial Government to Constitutional Court’s decision,” stated Head of Jakarta Education Department, Taufik Yudi Mulyanto, at the City Hall, Wednesday (1/9).
Mulyanto mentioned there are 49 RSBIs in Jakarta, with details 8 elementary schools (SD), 15 junior high schools (SMP), 10 senior high schools (SMA), and 16 vocational schools (SMK). Despite those schools no longer used RSBI label, Jakarta Education Department will still maintain the quality of education in Jakarta. Orientation to quality remains a major principle in education service by opening access to students, including those from lower-income families. “The orientation of education quality is still a key principle even though RSBI label is abolished,” he stressed.
While for activity programs related with funding, there must be clear accountability if it is conducted. Moreover, RSBI school students must pay higher tuition fees compared to regular school. As for the unimplemented funds, they must be discussed with the school committee and parents.
Deputy Jakarta Governor Basuki T Purnama also agreed over RSBI abolition. He assessed that if students want to study in an international school, they can register to private school. “Students don’t need international label if they want to study in an international school. Just register to private school,” he expressed.
Yesterday, Tuesday (1/8), Constitutional Court issued a decision over RSBI evaluation that was proposed by Coalition of Anti-Corruption in Education (KAKP). The Constitutional Court granted the proposal for judicial review of Article 50 paragraph 3 Law No. 20/2003 about National Education System. With the cancellation of the article, RSBI should be dissolved. This means, RSBI schools will be back into regular schools.
The State Elementary School (SDN) 11 Pondoklabu at Timah Complex, Jl. Margasatwa No. 2, South Jakarta, has took off their RSBI plaque from the wall of the school building. Similar sight was also seen at State Senior High School (SMAN) 70 on Jl. Bulungan, Kebayoranbaru, South Jakarta. In South Jakarta itself, there are 3 SDNs, 4 SMANs, 1 private SMA, and 5 state vocational schools (SMKNs) with RSBI status.
SMAN 70 Headmaster Saksono Liliek admitted that he has received instruction from Jakarta Education Department to take off all RSBI attributes at his school. “Last night, we have conducted a meeting with Head of Education Department. In the meeting, we were asked for the RSBI label to be written off. Even so, we must maintain our service quality. Probably maximum changes would be on programs and funding,” he uttered.