Home to over 264 million locals, Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world. The education landscape in Indonesia has changed through the years from the Dutch colonial period with very traditional schools to today’s diverse range of institutions available.
The change of education standards and institutions is linked to the improved quality of life in the country. Till date, there are approximately 170,000 Primary schools, over 66,000 secondary schools and 4378 higher educational institutions in Indonesia.
For foreign expats who have incorporated a company in Indonesia, and wants to bring their children in to study, or learners looking for educational opportunities in the country, you will need a valid visa.
There are generally three tiers of education in Indonesia – primary, secondary, and tertiary education. This is similar to many other countries as well.
Education in Indonesia revolves around the ministry of national education which made it compulsory. The duration for primary school is 6 years and for junior high school is 3 years.
The primary phase follows on after optional pre-school playgroups that may commence in a child’s third year. Most elementary schools are government controlled. Some offer accelerated programs that compress the phase to 5 years following closely to the Islamic education system.
A child must be enrolled into a primary school by April in the hopes of being admitted in July. To complete primary education and enter secondary education, students in the sixth grade have to complete two final examinations: