The May 2022 edition of the Indonesian Update features a major report on the current state of education in Indonesia. One thing that needs mutual attention is the low achievement in the indicators of success in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), such as reading, mathematics, and science skills (OECD, 2019). This main report shall also analyze some of the differences between the education policy in Indonesia and several countries in Asia, which have PISA achievements that are classified as superior compared to other countries.
In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses the momentum for Eid in 2022, which was supported by the central government and used by the community for going home. This increased the circulation of cash and the number of non-cash transactions, raising the possibility of inflation. Furthermore, we also discuss that inclusive finance is important to increase economic growth and reduce poverty. The main drivers for inclusive finance are the high level of financial literacy and the creation of a good financial infrastructure.
In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the threats of hacking to the public. The public should be given a feeling of security when exercising their right to express opinions without being overshadowed by the fear of becoming a victim of hacking. Furthermore, we also discuss the ethical violations committed by the KPK leadership, which have the potential to affect the anti-corruption efforts carried out by the anti-corruption agency.
In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the controversial statement by the Chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Soekarnoputri, regarding the behavior of women that influenced the prices of cooking oil. We also touches on Muslim women’s freedoms regarding the use of the headscarf. Next, we also discuss the existence of the Labor Party in Indonesia. The presence of the Labor Party must be able to encourage the discussions and ratification of bills relating to the interests of workers. In addition, we discuss the settlement of cases of past gross human rights violations that have not yet come to light in 24th year of reform.
The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, political, social, and legal issues in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.