Dear Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - COTENTS -

Ed­u­ca­tion – whether pub­lic or pri­vate – is seen around the world as a key in­gre­di­ent for lev­el­ling the pro­fes­sional play­ing field as young­sters en­ter adult­hood. Some par­ents may not eas­ily be able to send their high school grad to a top-tier univer­sity, which is why many spend a decade plan­ning or sav­ing ahead of time. The idea is that if you can just get your kid into that pres­ti­gious aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion, then she’ll have just as good a chance of get­ting a valu­able in­tern­ship as her wealthy coun­ter­part. In­done­sia has its own set of com­pli­ca­tions when it comes to pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion and how well lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions pre­pare young peo­ple to com­pete in an in­creas­ingly stiff glob­al­ized job mar­ket. For­eign­ers tend to ap­proach the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion scene with a crit­i­cal eye in places like Bali and Jakarta. Gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion scan­dals have been known to siphon vast amounts of money from pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, while some ar­gue a lack of uni­fied reg­u­la­tory frame­work in the na­tion has made the qual­ity of pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions vary greatly. With this in mind, there are some truly great schools in In­done­sia for chil­dren of expats. You just have to know where to look. In this is­sue, our edi­tors take a closer look at the qual­ity gap be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tions in the ar­chi­pel­ago. Heru Naing­golan ex­am­ines how pol­i­tics and cab­i­net reshuf­fles have im­pacted the na­tion’s ed­u­ca­tion re­forms, while Nadya Joy Go­zon Ador looks at the English as a For­eign Lan­guage busi­ness in In­done­sia. Ken­neth Ye­ung shares in­sights about ed­u­ca­tion scams and swin­dles in the na­tion, and Amina Ghazi in Bali shares in­formed opin­ions about how poverty can and should be erad­i­cated via ed­u­ca­tion. In­done­sia

Ex­pat has short­listed sev­eral in­ter­na­tional schools for in­com­ing for­eign­ers and ex­pa­tri­ate par­ents to con­sider. En­joy the is­sue! cheers, Leighton Cosse­boom

“An in­vest­ment in knowl­edge pays the best in­ter­est.” - Ben­jamin Franklin

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