November 15, 2020, 10.08 PM

GRESIK, KOMPAS.com – During a visit to East Java, Minister Muhadjir Effendy revealed that more than half or 54 percent of the Indonesian labor force have a middle-school education or lower.

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy also pointed out how the government is working to assist 13 million unemployed workers find jobs.

The breakdown of the 13 million comes from 7 million unemployed people pre-pandemic plus another 3 million during the pandemic, and an additional 3 million unemployed workers in Indonesia, who are fresh graduates from university, high school, or vocational school levels.

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Muhadjir’s assessment was that the level of education affects the Indonesian labor force especially as companies and industry players adopt certain education standards when recruiting workers.

“At this moment, the Indonesian labor force is not well off. Why? Because 54 percent of Indonesia’s workforce only graduated from middle school or lower levels of education. Those who graduated high school or vocational schools make up 30 percent of the Indonesian labor force and the rest and university graduates.”

Due to the situation facing the national labor force, the Indonesian government is aiming to change the structure whereby the majority education level of Indonesia’s workforce would be high school or vocational school levels.

One of the measures to realize such aspirations is through the Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) with the objective of ensuring no child will have to forcibly end their education.

KIP is particularly aimed at low-income Indonesian families who do not have many financial means and through the program, children are guaranteed to earn an education until they are at high school or vocational school levels.

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