October 27, 2020, 11.57 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Jakarta Provincial Administration’s Education Service is facing calls to keep track of schools whose faculty included teachers suspected of religious extremism or racist beliefs.

The Association for Education and Teachers (P2G) conveyed the suggestion a day after a screenshot of a religiously charged message from a state high school teacher identified as TS in East Jakarta went viral.

“The Education Service should keep track of clusters of teachers who are known to have intolerant tendencies. This is the Education Service’s role because they have oversight of the schools [employing the teachers],” said P2G spokesman Satriwan Salim on October 27.

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“These clusters can be detected from reports by students or their parents who interact with such teachers. [The Education Service] should also give students the right to criticize intolerant teachers and give them the necessary protection to do so.”

Satriwan hoped the measures can help schools to detect teachers disseminating radical or intolerant ideologies and prevent them from taking hold.

“We hope the Education Service can deradicalize [the schools] and rehabilitate them. The Service needs to put more effort into carrying out this step,” he noted.

“I hope that the authorities will process the incident in East Jakarta according to existing procedures and ensure it does not happen again.”

A screenshot of TS’ message originated from a WhatApp group chat last week where he weighed in on elections for his class’ intra-school student organization or OSIS.

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