The advancement of education in the midst of the Indonesian people in the face of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 must be fully supported by various parties. In order to do that, the Expertise Board of Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) in collaboration with Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) held a national seminar on the Urgency of Changing the Law of Teacher and Lecturer on Saturday (December 15).
Located at the 4th Floor of the Rectorate Building precisely on the Senate Meeting Room, the seminar was attended by lecturers, students, the Head of the Expertise Board of DPR-RI, K. Johnson Rajagukguk, S.H., M.Hum., and the Head of the Center for Law Planning and staff, Dr. Inosentius Samsul, S.H., M.Hum. When was asked to open a seminar and convey the main points, the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri appreciated the Expertise Board of DPR RI as a partner of UNP especially on giving the input related to the urgency of the changing of the Law.
In his presentation, Prof. Ganefri hoped that the amendment of the Law would pay attention to the quality of education in the future in order to compete with developed countries. On that occasion, Ganefri also hoped that the teacher and lecturer certification program would truly reach the target. "Law No. 14 of 2005 which concerning on Teachers and Lecturers need to be revised. The change will pay attention more to the quality of education and certification of teachers and lecturers," Ganefri said.
From the input of the lecturers who attended the activities, some of them said that it should remain one law while some said it did not need to be separated but needed for revisions.
In the question and answer session, one of the participants revealed that there were articles that were confusing, for example the article 1 number 3, which said “professors are the highest functional positions for lecturers who teach in educational units” where in another article, namely article 48 paragraph 2, the position referred to academic position, not functional position.
Furthermore, other important things that are needed to be discussed are the hundreds of thousands of honorary teachers in public schools whose fate are unclear and the problem of teacher protection.
The event was closed by the giving of a souvenir to K. Jhonson Rajagukguk, M. Hum. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)