Muhadjir Effendy urges schools not to be places of election campaign

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Decision of the Constitutional Court or Parliament allowing the participants to hold elections countryside in places of education (schools and campuses) as long as they obtain the permission of the person in charge of the place and attend without attributes through the decision of the Constitutional Court number 65/PUU-XXI/2023 read on Tuesday 15 August 2023 Although this is permitted, the coordinating Minister for human development and culture (PMK Coordinating Minister) Muhadjir Effendy he appealed to schools and madrassas not to be used as campaign venues for practical politics.

“Because it’s not complicated with various. I appeal school and madrassas don’t need campaigns,” Muhadjir said in Jakarta on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

The reason, Muhadjir said, is that currently the teaching and learning conditions in schools have not fully recovered after the Covid-19 pandemic. The learning process is still in the experimental stage learning loss or reduced academic knowledge and skills.

To deal with the consequences learning loss Based on this, Muhadjir called for schools and madrassas to focus on stabilizing the teaching and learning process rather than being a venue for political campaigns. “AS learning loss it must be pursued by a school whose learning process experienced an anomaly yesterday, it must be redeemed now,” he said.

Furthermore, Muhadjir assessed that campaigning in schools would not be effective because the number of first-time voters was lower than in universities. “I think the campus has a positive side. What is important is that the conducive atmosphere is really maintained. And they able to already (I can) choose, then the level of awareness is also high,” he said.


Meanwhile, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology Acting Director-General of Higher Education, Research and Technology Nizam reminded universities to keep their distance and be neutral towards various activities policies. According to him, learning and teaching activities on campuses should not be interrupted by political activity, especially if there is more political activity than academic activity.

Nizam also requested that the campus not be affiliated with or directly linked to any political activities so that the campus’s goal as an intellectual place could still be achieved. Currently, his party is still studying and finding ways for higher education to maintain the integrity and neutrality as expected by society.

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