Working Paper

20/041

The Struggle to Recruit Good Teachers in Indonesia: Institutional and Social Dysfunctions

Aris R. Huang
Shintia Revina
Rizki Fillaili
Akhmadi

Why is it so hard for Indonesia to recruit good teachers? We argue that the struggle to recruit good teachers are due to institutional, political economy, and social dynamics of the recruitment process. We will discuss three factors that underpin this issue. First, Indonesia’s dysfunctional teacher recruitment process as a byproduct of the country’s inchoate political and legal institutions. Second, the political economy “environment” of the teaching profession that prioritises stakeholder interests over education goals. Third, social expectations prioritising seniority rather than merit as indicators of teacher performance. We conclude with some directions for future steps to address said issues.

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Huang, A.R., Revina, S., Fillaili, R., and Akhmadi. 2020. The Struggle to Recruit Good Teachers in Indonesia: Institutional and Social Dysfunctions. RISE Working Paper Series. 20/041. https://doi.org/10.35489/BSG-RISE-WP_2020/041.