RISE Indonesia Team’s New Policy Note Gives Strategies to Improve Teacher Quality by Changing Teacher Recruitment


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Lillie Kilburn

RISE Directorate

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

The importance of improving teacher quality in Indonesia

The RISE Indonesia Country Research Team has identified teacher quality as an important factor in Indonesia’s learning crisis.

Previous work from the RISE Indonesia team has examined how teacher training programmes and teacher incentives may or may not affect teacher quality in Indonesia. But more recently, in June, the team produced a working paper, The Struggle to Recruit Good Teachers in Indonesia: Institutional and Social Dysfunctions, that analyses the influence of Indonesia’s teacher recruitment process on the quality of its teachers. The paper finds that Indonesia’s political and legal institutions, political economy, and social dynamics work together to produce a dysfunctional teacher recruitment process.

A new policy note

Drawing from this working paper, the RISE Indonesia team has now published a new policy note, “Strategies to Improve Indonesia’s Teacher Recruitment Process,” that investigates the key question: “How can Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture ensure that the nation’s teachers are selected and recruited for the right reasons?”

Currently, teachers in Indonesia are recruited via a top-down civil servant recruitment process. The policy note assesses three strategies through which the ministry can ensure that the teacher recruitment process is instead led by local governments and designed to select teachers for their teaching excellence to serve local needs.

For more, take a look at the full policy note via the RISE Programme in Indonesia website.

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