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The Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill must accommodate the interests of the people

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Jakarta, dpd.go.id - Committee III DPD RI hopes that the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill drafted by the Indonesian Parliament will pay attention to the interests of the people by promoting noble character, and eliminating discrimination between private and public education.

"Therefore, the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill tries to be the answer to the outrage involved in the world of religious education," said Vice Chairman of Committee III DPD RI Novita Anakotta during the Hearing on the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill at DPD RI Building, Jakarta, Tuesday (1/29).
 
Novita explained, in the constitutional context Act No. 20 Year 2003 concerning the National Education System still has problems. In terms of substance, the Law has undergone renewal in the form of implementing religious education and noble character, eliminating discrimination between government-run education, and community-managed education.
 
"Although this law has accommodated religious education, in reality there are still many religious education institutions that have not felt the presence of the government, both formal and informal," said this senator from North Maluku.
 
Through a method based on diversity approaches, Novita hoped to be able to add to the faith, devotion and noble character of Indonesia. This will also able to maintain harmony between and among religious people. "In this system, students are able to understand and appreciate religious values in harmony with the mastery of technology and art," he explained.
 
Abdul Azis Khafia, member of Committee III DPD RI, admitted that he agreed with the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill. According to him, indeed there needs to be equality in religious education in Indonesia. "Indeed, there is no more dichotomy in religious education. But until now there has not been a full discussion about this bill, between the Ministry of Religion and the Ministry of Education, "he said.
 
Meanwhile, Director General of the Christian Bimas Ministry of Religion Thomas Pentury assumed that the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill had a tendency to bias non-formal education. Especially for the service of children and adolescents carried out long ago by churches in Indonesia. "The church is worried that this bill will become a model for state intervention in religion," he explained.
 
According to Thomas, basically the church supports the Islamic Boarding Schools and Religious Education Bill to the extent that it only regulates formal education. And, it does not include the arrangement of models of non-formal education services in Indonesian churches such as the categorical services of children and adolescents.
 
"We propose to reconstruct Christian diversity education through formal education channels that were originally SDTK, SMPTK, SMAK / SMTK to become SDK, SMPK, SMAK / SMTK," said Thomas.

On the same occasion, the Director of the Ministry of Religion's Early Childhood and Islamic Education Ahmad Zayadi agreed, that the Islamic Boarding School and Religious Education Bill was needed. In addition, this bill is also very much needed in religious education so that in the future it can get equality in both regulations, program activities, and budgets.
 
"The obligation of the state must give recognition to pesantren and religion, in establishing the NKRI unit which is to maintain religious uniqueness. This is our tradition that we need to care for in diversity, "said Zayadi.

29 Januari 2019
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