Paulus Waterpauw: The Education Quantity and Quality in the Future After Papua Special Autonomy

goodmorningpapua.com – A Head of the National Police Security Intelligence Agency or Kabaintelkam Polri, Komjen Pol Drs Paulus Waterpauw seriously highlighted the quantity and quality aspects of education, post-Special Autonomy (Otsus) in Papua Province, as a pillar of national resilience.

He stated this while attending the FGD of Papua’s Socio-Cultural Resilience and Development in the Perspective of National Resilience, which was held virtually on Thursday (7/10/2021) afternoon.

“National resilience is a key factor in the existence of a nation’s development, including in Indonesia and the Land of Papua,” said the man who is also a Papuan leader, starting his presentation in the FGD.

For him, without having strong national hardiness, it will be very difficult for the state to fulfill the ideals of the nation.

Paulus emphasized that the main challenge in realizing national security in the provinces of Papua and West Papua is the administration of the state in the regions.

In his perspective, so far it has not succeeded well, to fulfill basic services for the Papuan people, as mandated by Article 12 of Law Number 23 concerning Regional Government.

Specifically in the education sector, Paulus said that after the implementation of the Special Autonomy Law (Otsus), the education level of the indigenous Papuans was still far behind from those outside the Papua region.

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“After 20 years of Special Autonomy in Papua, of course there is an increase, but it still needs to be criticized so that it has the maximum positive impact on the development of state resilience in Papua,” explained Paulus.

The basic thing, namely the number of schools, students and teachers, there has been a significant increase in Papua, according to Paulus, when compared with the time process before Otsus took effect.

He added that the increase was consistent with the number of teachers and students in Papua. But the common question, as stated by him, is whether the increase is balanced by the quality of teachers as educators.

The man who was born in Fakfak West Papua, also said that infrastructure as supporting facilities in schools must be considered.

 “Starting from the availability of libraries, laboratories, to sports venues,” he said.

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