A study by the International Schools Database has declared Jakarta, Indonesia, as the ninth cheapest city in Asia for inexpensive education at international schools. China was listed as being the most expensive for international school education. In Indonesia, the curriculum is mostly British-centric with customised learning resources for expat children.
The data had 22 cities from 12 Asian countries for analysis. According to the study, the non-capital Asian cities are most adept in providing unparalleled education at affordable tuition rates when compared to the developed, capital cities. The data cited Thailand as an example where Bangkok’s school prices shot up to US$31,000 per year whereas school expenses in the coastline cities such as Pattaya hovered around US$19,000.
Jakarta schools are expected to resume in January 2021 irrespective of the lingering pandemic infection. Nonetheless, Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has assured to re-evaluate school re-openings according to COVD-19 spread. Each day, the campuses would witness 50 percent attendance. The schools will resume taking into consideration the specific requirements of early childhood education and children with learning disabilities. The decision will depend on the final say of the parents, school principals and local administrations.
“Wearing a mask, keeping physical distancing, and washing hands are an adaptation to a new normal that must be applied with high discipline,” explained Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto.
The International Schools Database has named a top few schools in Jakarta with the best curriculum—
- ACG School
- Nord Anglia School
- Millennia World School
- New Zealand School
- Mentari Intercultural School
In Jakarta, schools are being prepared for sanitisation and hygiene to make sure, “The most important thing is that children must be healthy before they learn,” as explained by the Jakarta Education Office head Nahdiana.