Main Auditotium, UIN News Online – The quality of education in Indonesia is quite alarming, the decrease in the quality of education is due to low interest in reading.

This was conveyed by Prof Dr Ulfah Fajarini, professor of Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teacher Training (FITK) UIN Jakarta, when she was inaugurated as a Professor of Educational Anthropology in Harun Nasution Main Auditorium, Sunday, (11/5/2017). The inaugural event which coincided with the 106th Graduation Ceremony was attended by the Rector of UIN Jakarta Prof Dr Dede Rosyada MA, professors, and all graduation participants.

According to Ulfah, the World Education Ranking published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Develomnet (OECD) as reported by The Guardian, stated that Indonesia is ranked 57th out of a total of 65 countries in the world. As for reading interest, according to the study conducted by Central Connecticut State University in March 2016, Indonesia was ranked 60th of 61 countries.

“This shows that Educational Quality in Indonesia is quite worrying,” she said.

Ulfah said the main problems that arise in the anthropology of education are related to science, there were paradigm errors in education which is related to practical or technical aspects (management) such as ow quality of education facilities, the low quality of teachers, the low student achievements, and the high cost of education.

The low quality of these physical facilities is marked by the abundance of damaged educational institutions, the lack of learning media and the lack of library books collection

“In addition to the unequal education in Indonesia, the condition of Indonesia’s teachers is also quite alarming,” she added.

Anthropology in Education

In her scientific speech entitled Peranan Antropologi di Bidang Pendidikan, Ulfah said that anthropology is beneficial for education, we can determine the human behavior patterns in every individual society or ethnicity.

By learning anthropology, it will broaden the horizons of human association around the world, especially in Indonesia which has many specialties in accordance with the region characteristics.

“Another important thing of anthropology is that we can know the various problems in society as well as sensitivity to such condition,” she explained.

Ulfah Fajarini was born in Jakarta on August 28, 1967. He is the third daughter of Prof Dr H Hadjid Harnawidagda MPd (late) and Hj Sudarsini Hadjid. She took her elementary and secondary education at SDN Legoso Ciputat in 1980, SMPN XI Jakarta in 1983, and SMAN VI Jakarta in 1986. After high school, he went to the Department of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences University of Indonesia and graduated in 1991.

To develop her knowledge, she continued her education to master and doctoral programs in the same field of science as well as in the same faculty and university. Both levels were achieved in 1998 and 2012 respectively.

During her time as a civil servant, the she was awarded by the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the form of Satyalencana Karya Satya 10 years (2006) and Satyalencana Karya Satya 20 years (2016). In 2005, she attended the Training of Trainer (ToT) program in Malaysia and Singapore.

Apart from being a lecturer and researcher, she is also productive in writing scientific journals, both national and international. Some of her scientific works even already indexed in Scopus, among them are Traditional Knowledge on Malaria of Gayo People in Centeral Aceh, Indonesia (Studies on Ethnomedicine, KRE Publisher Vol 10, Oktober 2016) and Indigenous Tourism: Ngarot Tradition in Indramayu, West Java, Indonesia (Advance Science Letter, American Publisher, 2017). (usa)

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