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Indonesia to improve education in Christian-majority regions

Jakarta (UCAN): Indonesia will focus on improving the quality of education provided in the Christian-led provinces of Papua, West Papua and East Nusa Tenggara, in cooperation with local Churches, minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, said on March 21.
The three provinces consistently rank at the bottom of the table in terms of education among the country’s 34 provinces.
“We still face huge challenges, especially in (improving) public schools. But I am optimistic that working more closely with the Church will make the government’s job in this area easier,” Effendy said during a meeting with the National Council of Catholic Education (MNPK).
The MNPK, a work unit of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference, is responsible for 5,000 Catholic schools across the country.
Effendy lavished praise on the quality of education at Catholic schools, adding he wants to see what can be taken and applied in public schools.
“There are many best practices in Catholic schools that can be adopted by other schools,” he said.
The government raised the education budget for the three provinces this year and is likely to continue doing so to improve school facilities and install better-qualified teachers and principals, the minister said.

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