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ECY / Elementary

  1. What is the biggest change, really?
    The biggest change is that the Indonesian Department of Education now recognizes our international programmes. This is very good news.
  2. Will this now mean that our students will no longer be required to do UAN?
    This is still a personal choice among parents and students, and both Simprug and Serpong will continue to offer if needed.
    Current practice in Jakarta is that the Indonesian Department of Education can issue an “Equivalence Letter” or “Surat Penyetaraan” to schools or their students who wish to study in local schools or universities. We will take advantage of this current practice.
  3. Does this mean that the National Curriculum is forgotten?
    No. Students will still study Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesian Civics and Social Studies in accordance to the Indonesian curriculum guidelines and standards. This is because we must have a sense of our country’s traditions, customs and identity in order to become true global citizens and learners. We will also continue with Religion as this subject helps in the overall character-building of our students.
  4. If we decide to opt out of UAN, will there be a difference in the timetable & syllabus for each subject e.g. more time given to core subjects e.g. English, Mathematics & Science?
    One of the advantages of becoming an international school is that the Department of Education now recognises our school’s international curriculum. Thus, this will enable us to be more focused in what we do.
    From 2009/2010 onwards, our School will place a stronger emphasis on our core subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Mandarin that will enable our students to give them a fair competitive advantage against other students from around the world. We will continue to provide the necessary support for students who choose to do the UAN at Grade 6. These may be provided as enrichment classes after school hours.
  5. How can we benchmark our students’ progress and performance with other Schools if the majority (if not all) of our students choose not to do UAN at Grade 6?
    We are committed to providing our students with best-value education that is comparable to best standards & international best practices. We will be forging our way ahead with introducing international examinations and assessments e.g. ICAS & iPSLE for our students at the elementary level so as to benchmark our achievement and progress as a School.
  6. Can we now expect more expatriate teachers?
    We are not a diplomat school and thus, have no restrictions on employing local or expatriate teachers, as in the past. We will continue to recruit qualified and experienced individuals of various nationalities, who are willing to serve and develop our school community to its best potential.

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