Minister of National Development Planning (PPN) / Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that many industries are actually vacancies but their applicants or those who work are few, not in accordance with vacancies.
"Why? Because of mismatch. The mismatch is not a field mismatch, but an expertise mismatch, "Bambang said in response to reporters after attending the Limited Meeting on Education, at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (5/16) afternoon.
So, Bambang continued, the President asked for the BLK (vocational training center), vocational (vocational high school), until the Polytechnic was ensured that the level of expertise of the graduates or the skills of the graduates was in accordance with the demands of the labor market.
"So that means we cannot walk alone from the supply side but see from the demand side. So in the next limited cabinet meeting, we will focus on the demand side, "said Bambang.
When asked by reporters whether it meant that there would be evaluations in Vocational High Schools, BLK and Polytechnics, the PPN Minister / Head of the National Development Planning Agency said the Minister of Education and Culture, Menristekdikti, Minister of Manpower were asked to see what they were like.
According to Bambang, they had explained before, there are SMKs that are not qualified, of all kinds. The problem now, continued the Minister of Bappenas, is that the Government cannot start from zero, so it must take advantage of the existing ones.
"Well, this is not a matter of numbers, teacher ratios, all kinds, but the problem of compatibility of skills and graduation skills with those needed by the labor market. So, the supply side must hear the demand side, "Bambang said.
The Minister of PPN / Head of Bappenas admitted, if there were already clusters in SMKs such as tourism, industry, maritime affairs and all kinds. But he stressed, maybe the field was appropriate, but not the problem of expertise yet.
Minister of PPN / Head of Bappenas is reluctant to answer the question of how bad the current SMK is. He reminded the fact that there were vacancies, those who applied for smaller jobs, what worked more. "That shows the level of expertise is not suitable. Maybe the field but expertise is not, it must be pursued, "he said firmly.
Therefore, Bambang continued, there was a need to improve quality in the education sector, including the quality of teacher improvements. (setkab)