DPD Emphasizes the Welfare and Quality of Teachers in Preparation of Teachers and Lecturers Bill


Jakarta, dpd.go.id - Committee III DPD RI held a Public Hearing Meeting (RDPU) related to the discussion of material inventory of drafting the Bill on amendment to Act No. 14 Year 2005 on Teachers and Lecturers, in the conference room of Committee III, Building B 2nd Floor, Parliament Complex Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday (31/1/18). The hearing was led by dr. Delis, Vice Chairman I Committee III DPD RI, by presenting Prof. Sudarwan Danim, Dean of FKIP University of Bengkulu.

Sudarwan explained that the thing behind the Act No. 14 Year 2005 on Teachers and Lecturers is the condition of teachers that is not professional, not prosperous and still very open, both level and type of educational background. Based on this, we can see that there are two fundamental things that become the focus of the Act, namely the welfare and quality of teachers. Sudarwan added that the law of teachers and lecturers is expected to inspire the young generation and potential people to become teachers. Qualified teachers for quality education and the quality of education and society are generally believed to be the representation of teacher quality.

However, according to Iqbal Parewangi, the senator of South Sulawesi, the Law is more emphasized on the recruitment of the young generation to become teachers not on the crucial thing which is about the welfare and quality of teachers. Therefore, the contents of the Act need to be reformulated that should regulate these two crucial things. This is justified by Sudarwan that recruitment is not regulated through the Act. "The improvement of teacher welfare should be done first, the next is to improve the professionalism", said Sudarwan.

Sudarwan proposed several points of substance of the Teachers and Lecturers Act that need to be reviewed, the point is about teachers’ welfare, teachers’ quality, teachers’ protection and teachers’ professional organization. According to him the revision of this Act is necessary, but far more important is the commitment to implement the revision of the Act later. "No country is bankrupt due to investing in education", said Sudarwan while ending his presentation. (nis)


31 Januari 2018