After the end of the semester’s last exams, schoolteacher Martin immediately began preparing his students report cards.
Aside from giving them ratings on their academic performance, he also made a list of their non-academic achievements at school.
Martin teaches at a school in South Jakarta that has adopted an international curriculum that doesn’t just evaluate students based on their grades.
It also takes into account evaluations of the student’s character. This change is meant to deliver the government’s vision of education as a means to strengthen the character of the nation’s youth.
This direction is outlined in President Joko Widodo’s Presidential Decree No. 87/2017 on Strengthening Character Education.
According to Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy, one way of developing character in schools is through motivating students and nurturing their talents.
Thus the the ministry has obligated all schools to implement a “double report card” system starting in 2018 that evaluates both academic and personal progress for each student.
“These new report cards force teachers to scout and look out for the talents of each child,” Muhadjir said, during the Forum Merdeka Barat 9 media gathering at the Communications and Informatics Ministry on Sept. 30, as quoted by kompas.com.