Education is the most important quintessence for both Individual development and a nation’s progress. It is considerably difficult to follow the global trend which runs rapidly while catching up with other nations’ progress without the significant role of education. Nevertheless, it turns out that our country is still facing the problem of educational equity which is considered as relatively severe practically.
According to the data and research reported by economist.com, there are only 25 students among 100 Indonesian students who are literate and acquire the math skills in accordance with international standards comparatively. In terms of reading, math, and science, the average Indonesian students aged 15 years were still left behind for approximately 4 years compared with the average students’ ability in Singapore.
By a rough estimation, the number of Indonesian students has already reached 55 million, 3 million of teachers and 236,000 of schools dispersed in around 500 regions. Indonesia has the fourth largest education system in the world. Unfortunately, the education system is not functioning optimally. The face of education in Indonesia is still tinged with the low quality of education and teachers.
This is further evidenced by the many educators who teach subjects not in accordance with their qualified fields. In addition, the level of honesty and discipline in the education system in Indonesia is still fairly low. One of the many examples is the rampant cases of fraudulence that occurs during the national exams. Students tend to choose to answer the test straightaway by purchasing the answer key.
In order that the quality of education in Indonesia does not worsen off and left behind in the international arena, there are things that you, as parents and teachers who play a significant role in educating children, can do well. One of them is to raise their eagerness of reading. A teacher should not only based on one or a few books only. Much reading books can indeed broaden the knowledge and information which can be conveyed to children.
Parents can play a significant role in improving the quality of education to strat the habit of reading from an early age. In consequence, children will get used to devour the knowledge and information they find on the books until they can feel how great the benefits of reading for their future.
In terms of the culture of reading, there is no harm if we reflect on India as the country with the highest rate of reading habit according to the World Culture Score Index. Indian people often read just for fun and many can spend 10 hours and 42 minutes per week for reading. Whereas the Indonesian people only spend six minutes per week for reading. People in India are keen on works of literature, especially about the history and culture of their own country. This reading habits also indirectly reflects the form of acknowledgement for national works. In addition, studies also have shown that adolescents who likes to read for pleasure will tend to have a more successful career in the future.
By: Maria Mahda